DETROIT (AP) -- Mikael Samuelsson's offensive production is no
longer a surprise.
Samuelsson had two goals and two assists, sending the Detroit
Red Wings to a 7-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday
Signed as a free agent during training camp, Samuelsson has 11
goals to surpass his previous high of 10 in 2002-03 with the
Rangers and Penguins. He had 19 goals and 49 points in 188 NHL
games with four NHL teams before this season. His latest
performance gave the 28-year-old Samuelsson 18 points in 23 games.
"He's got a great shot. He's big and strong and knows how to
hang onto the puck," teammate Dan Cleary said. "Now, I don't
expect anything less."
Detroit, which snapped a four-game losing streak, also got a
goal and an assist each from Jason Williams, Robert Lang and
Cleary. Brendan Shanahan and Johan Franzen also scored, and Pavel
Datsyuk added two assists.
"Every time we made a mistake, they'd come back and score,"
Laperriere said. "They just waited and waited and buried us."
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.
"We see his locker there and know that he'd like to be part of
this," Cleary said. "We just went out and dug down."
Brunette said every player in the league is thinking about
"It made everybody feel better, when we found out he was
stable," Brunette said. "But every man who had to play in the NHL
tonight felt sick."
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
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.
"The second period, they turned it around there in their
favor," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said.
Brunette's power-play goal gave Colorado a 1-0 lead 1:30 into
the game. Samuelsson tied it off a nice feed from Williams just 48
Detroit coach Mike Babcock juggled his lines and put Samuelsson
with Lang and Henrik Zetterberg.
"It's one of those nights," Samuelsson said. "It was fun
playing with Zetterberg and Lang out there. It was good."
Babcock said Samuelsson keeps improving.
"Every day he gets better," the coach said. "He shoots the
puck in the net and plays well without it."
Detroit put the 25-year-old Fischer on injured reserve.
The team announced to the crowd Monday night that Fischer had a
seizure, but Babcock later said Fischer's heart had stopped.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said doctors told Fischer
to refrain from physical activity for at least four to six weeks.
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.