Mikael Samuelsson had two goals and two assists, leading Detroit to a 7-3 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night. The Red Wings, who snapped...
DETROIT — Mikael Samuelsson had two goals and two assists, leading Detroit to a 7-3 victory over Colorado on Wednesday night.
The Red Wings, who 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 and was resting at home.
The Red Wings put the 25-year-old Fischer on injured reserve. General manager Ken Holland said doctors told Fischer to refrain from physical activity for four to six weeks.
“It made everybody feel better, when we found out he [Fischer] was stable,” Brunette said. “But every man who had to play in the NHL tonight felt sick.”
Devils 5, at Panthers 1
Florida lost its 12th straight game, shut down again by goalie Martin Brodeur in New Jersey’s victory.
Bruins 5, at Maple Leafs 1
Glen Murray scored twice to help Boston end its longest losing streak in eight years with a rout of Toronto.
Patrice Bergeron, Shawn McEachern and Sergei Samsonov also scored for the Bruins, who snapped a six-game slide — their longest since a seven-game skid in 1997.
Sabres 4, at Islanders 3 (SO)
Ales Kotalik and Tim Connolly scored in a shootout, giving Buffalo a victory over New York.
Kotalik tied the score at 3 with 2:49 left in the third period. Chris Drury and Jochen Hecht also scored for the Sabres, 4-1-0-1 in their past six games.
Lightning 4, at Capitals 3 (SO)
Dan Boyle scored twice and Vaclav Prospal’s shootout winner gave Tampa Bay a victory over Washington.
The victory was the first in four shootouts for the defending Stanley Cup champions. The Lightning overcame a 3-0 deficit to win for the first time in 13 attempts in Washington.
Prospal was the fifth Lightning player to test goalie Olaf Kolzig in the shootout, won 2-1 by Tampa Bay. Brad Richards also beat Kolzig in the first round.
Predators 4, at Blue Jackets 2
Backup goalie Chris Mason made 35 saves to lead Nashville past Columbus, the Blue Jackets’ sixth loss in a row.
Jeremy Stevenson, Dan Hamhuis, David Legwand and Scott Hartnell scored for the Predators, who snapped a five-game road losing skid. Adam Hall had two assists.
Mason improved to 2-0-1 this season.
It was another discouraging defeat for the Blue Jackets, who have lost 10 of 11.
Oilers 4, at Wild 3
Ethan Moreau scored with 50 seconds remaining and Edmonton beat Minnesota, spoiling Marian Gaborik’s return to the lineup.
Raffi Torres and Jarett Stoll each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who have won four of five. Mike Morrison stopped 22 shots to improve to 3-0-0.
At Stars 3, Mighty Ducks 1
Jason Arnott scored twice in the third period and Dallas defeated Anaheim for its third victory in 11 days over the Mighty Ducks.
At Flames 3, Sharks 2
Robyn Regehr scored the go-ahead goal on a harmless-looking wrist shot in the third period, and Calgary sent San Jose to its seventh straight loss.
• Anaheim forward Todd Fedoruk was suspended three games by the NHL for elbowing Phoenix’s Petr Nedved in the head.
• Star defenseman Wade Redden of Ottawa will be out at least a week after spraining his left knee at practice.