SCOREBOARD
Saturday, May 24
Pittsburgh at Detroit (8 p.m., EDT). The Stanley Cup finals begin at Joe Louis Arena, where the Red Wings are 7-1 this postseason and hold a 25-12 scoring advantage.

ON THE MEND
Red Wings forward Johan Franzen practiced for over an hour Friday with his teammates, but hasn't been cleared by doctors to return to game action. Franzen, who leads the NHL with 12 playoff goals in 11 games, has been out with recurring headaches and concussion-like symptoms since Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Although he is feeling much better, Franzen will be sidelined again Saturday night when Detroit opens the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

REJECTED
A federal jury on Friday rejected a request to award former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and a former team masseur nearly $300 million for a 1997 limo crash that left them with disabling brain injuries. The jury deliberated for 90 minutes before deciding that Findlay Ford Lincoln Mercury, the Ohio dealership that sold the limo, was not responsible for the injuries the two sustained.

SPEAKING
``I'm feeling good. I was excited to be back out on the ice. It was a lot of fun to be with the guys again. I'm out of shape, but otherwise I felt good.'' - Detroit forward Johan Franzen said Friday after practicing for about an hour. Franzen hasn't been cleared by doctors to return to game action and will likely sit out of Game 1 on Saturday.

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