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Wings Top Avs 7-3

Tuesday, 11.22.2005 / 10:00 PM MT / News
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Wings Top Avs 7-3
DETROIT (AP) -- Mikael Samuelsson had two goals and two assists, sending the Detroit Red Wings to a 7-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

Detroit, which snapped a four-game losing streak, also got a goal and an assist each from Jason Williams, Robert Lang and Dan Cleary. Brendan Shanahan and Johan Franzen also scored, and Pavel Datsyuk added two assists.

Colorado, which lost its third straight, got goals from Andrew Brunette, Ian Laperriere and John-Michael Liles.

It was Detroit's first game since defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench Monday night in the first period against Nashville. He was released from the hospital Wednesday and was resting at home.

Liles' power-play goal 7:14 into the third period pulled Colorado within one when he tipped in a pass from Joe Sakic.

But Williams' goal made it 5-3 when he scored off a pass from Datsyuk with 4:16 remaining. Samuelsson added his second goal with 3:21 left, and Franzen had a short-handed empty-net goal with 53.3 seconds to go.

The Red Wings led 4-2 after scoring three goals in the second period.

Lang converted Samuelsson's pass on a 2-on-1 to break a 1-all tie 5:32 into the second. But Laperriere tied it on a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Alex Tanguay with 7:38 left in the period. Cleary made it 3-2 with 5:19 remaining in the second with his first goal in a Detroit uniform. He put in Samuelsson's rebound from the left circle.

Shanahan capped the scoring in the second period with a power-play goal, his 13th goal of the season, with 1:30 left. He tipped Nicklas Lidstrom's shot from the point out of the air and past goalie Peter Budaj.

Brunette's power-play goal gave Colorado a 1-0 lead 1:30 into the game. But Samuelsson tied it off a nice feed from Williams just 48 seconds later.

The Red Wings put the 25-year-old Fischer on injured reserve.

The team announced to the crowd Monday night that Fischer had a seizure, but Detroit coach Mike Babcock later said Fischer's heart had stopped.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said doctors have told Fischer to have no physical activity for a minimum of four to six weeks.

Game notes
Colorado D Karlis Skrastins has played in 373 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NHL. ... Detroit recalled defenseman Kyle Quincey from its AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids to replace Fischer on the active roster. ... Detoit D Jamie Rivers played in his 400th game.

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