Wings rout Lightning

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Sergei Fedorov had season high three points and Chris Chelios scored the first goal with his new team as the Detroit Red Wings beat the bottom-feeder Tampa Bay Lightning 6-1.

"Offensivley, the puck control by this team is unbelievable," said Chelios, who was acquired from Chicago in a deal at Tuesday's trade deadline. "It's a whole different game for me. I'm getting more comfortable every day. The guys make that happen. I've got a whole different mindset now. The games mean something."

Chelios says he is still getting used to the new team. It didn't take him long to score, however. Chelios blasted a power-play goal with 5:59 remaining in the first period.

"He's a really solid defenseman. He steps up really well on both blue lines," Steve Yzerman said. "I suspect when he gets more comfortable he'll be even better. He can control the tempo of the play."

Nicklas Lidstrom, Stacy Roest, Brendan Shanahan and Vyacheslav Kozlov also scored for the Central Division-leading Red Wings, who have won four of their last six games. The Red Wings began the day three points ahead of St. Louis

Alexandre Daigle scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost five of its last six games and fell to a league-worst 7-24-4 on the road.

"Now they're starting to feel the possibility of a three-peat," Lightning coach Jacques Demers said. "It was no match. This is a great team that just got greater. Their fourth line could be our second line some nights. And their defense with Chelios now is awesome."

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