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Zurich's Tim Ramholt celebrates after scoring his team's second goal Keystone

Defending Swiss ice hockey champions the Zurich Lions appear to have put their bad start to the season behind them after beating Zug 6-1 in Tuesday's only top division match.

This content was published on October 2, 2001 - 23:07

Swedish forward Morgan Samuelsson helped ease the pressure on manager Larry Huras with two of the goals at Zurich's Hallenstadion. Defender Adrien Plavsic also played a major part in securing the Lions' second win in succession, scoring the team's fifth goal as well as providing an assist.

The win puts Zurich above the cut-off line for the playoffs for the first time this season and ends a sequence of home defeats which had constituted the Lions' worst run in almost four years.

On Friday the champions will be looking to build on their recent improvements when they travel to bottom side Chur, with key players Mark Streit and Mathias Seger expected to return from lengthy injury lay-offs.

For Zug, Tuesday's match marked the team's return to action following last week's shootings at the town's cantonal parliament. On Monday morning the entire squad were present at the official remembrance service for the 14 victims.

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