Being a left-handed shot, Franzen carried the puck closer to the net than to the boards. Instead of driving closer to the net or snapping a shot from that angle, Franzen flipped the puck quickly to his backhand and took a shot from a worse angle than he originally had.
The shot didn't get by Chicago goalie Cristobal Huet, but the unusual move did create a rebound opportunity that Henrik Zetterberg just missed converting into a Detroit goal.
The backhand and the deception it creates has become one of Franzen's most dangerous weapons.
"If the goalie's taking his angle on me on the forehand, the quicker I can move it over and snap it on my backhand, the better," said Franzen. "To find a hole is the only way to take it to the backhand because you shoot better with the forehand."
Three of Franzen's 11 goals this season were scored on a back-hand shot. During his dominance of last spring's playoffs, Franzen netted four goals off backhanders among his 13 post-season tallies.
For Franzen, the tradeoff is giving up some of the zip of a forehand shot for a chance at surprising the goalie by changing both shot angle and timing.
"I don't think about it," said Franzen. "Every situation is different. It's about finding a way, finding the net. Every situation is different, especially in this league where the goalies are used to shots coming right away. So if you can hold on for a second and do something different, you can surprise him a little."