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Fedorov, Red Wings Slam Tampa

Sergei Fedorov is back.

Fedorov had two goals and an assist in his second game after completing a five-game suspension as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Friday night.

"My first game was in Phoenix (Wednesday) and I was a little tight sometimes at the end of a shift," Fedorov said. "Today I think I completely bounced back and I feel really, really well."

Fedorov and Nicklas Lidstrom scored shorthanded goals 22 seconds apart in the third period. The Detroit center tied the game 3-3, scoring his second goal on a one-timer from the right circle at 5:17. Lidstrom made 4-3 with a left circle slap shot at 5:39.

Viacheslav Kozlov added a goal at 7:05, completing a three-goal Detroit run over a 1:48 span.

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  • With the win, the Red Wings increased their Central Division lead to five points over the idle St. Louis Blues.

    "I think from our point of view, it was a very important game," Fedorov said. "The important thing is we just want to play well."

    Wendel Clark got his third hat trick this season for the Lightning, who have the NHL's worst record (16-47-5).

    "It's a game when the bounces went my way," Clark said.

    Detroit (8-0-1) has a nine-game unbeaten streak against the Lightning.

    Clark's third goal, his team-best 28th, gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead at 2:36 of the third period. Clark snapped the Lightning's scoring drought at 143:46 with a first-period power-play goal and made it 2-0 during a second-period breakaway at 13:49.

    The Red Wings closed to 2-1 at 14:49 of the second period when Fedorov split the defense and scored on a power play. Tomas Holmstrom tied the game 2-2 on a rebound goal with 59.8 seconds left in the second period.

    "We didn't quit from beginning to end ... but we kept them in the game," Lightning coach Jacques Demers said. "They have world class players on the ice. That's wh they won the Stanley Cup the past two years."

    Tampa Bay, who outshot the Red Wings 12-2 during the opening 12 minutes and 17-9 in the first period, had been shut out its two previous games. The 17 shots by the Lightning were one more than they had in a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

    Red Wings left wing Brent Gilchrist played 17 shifts totaling 12:34 in his first game this season. He had been sidelined since undergoing hernia surgery last September.

    Detroit center Igor Larionov was held out of the game with a sore groin. He is expected to play Sunday at Philadelphia.

    Notes: Aided by a large turnout of Detroit fans, which made it seem like a Red Wings' home game at times, the contest drew the third-largest Ice Palace regular-season crowd of 20,184. The Lightning's home attendance average jumped from 10,849 to 11,124 an increase of 275.

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