November 22, 2005

Wings’ Fischer collapses, stops breathing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri
Fischer suffered a seizure and collapsed on the bench in the
first period of Monday's game against Nashville at Joe Louis
Arena that was suspended with the Predators leading 1-0.

Fischer, who was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in
2002, received CPR on the bench and shocked with a
defibrillator before being stretchered out of the arena and
taken by ambulance to a Detroit hospital.

"His heart had stopped beating and there was no pulse," Red
Wing coach Mike Babcock said. "They hooked him up to the
auto-defibrillator and shocked him and continued with the CPR."

As doctors frantically worked on the defenseman, the
concerned crowd stood in stunned silence with several fans seen
wiping tears from their eyes.

According to television reports, the 25-year-old Czech was
listed in stable condition and was responsive and breathing on
his own.

With 7:31 left to play in the opening period, play was
halted when Fischer came off the ice after a shift, sat down on
the bench and slumped onto the shoulder of team mate before
slipping onto the ground.

Babcock quickly jumped up onto the bench alerting officials
while team doctors raced to Fischer's aid.

Following the incident, the referee ordered the ice
resurfaced but then later postponed the game after consulting
with both coaches and league officials. No make-up date was

Just over a minute earlier, Greg Johnson scored the game's
only goal when he knocked a rebound past Manny Legace to put
the Predators in front 1-0.

In Edmonton, Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth each scored in the
shootout to lift the Oilers t a 2-1 win over the slumping San
Jose Sharks.

After a scoreless opening frame the teams traded second
period goals, the Sharks drawing first blood on Patrick
Marleau's powerplay marker before Marty Reasoner answered for
the Oilers with 38 seconds left before the intermission.

Edmonton's rookie netminder Michael Morrison made 21 saves
for the win as the Sharks sank to their sixth straight defeat.

In Denver, Tony Amonte tallied the only goal in the
shootout as the Calgary Flames edged the Colorado Avalanche

Byron Ritchie and Craig MacDonald each had a goal in
regulation play for the Flames while Jordan Leopold collected
two assists.

Pierre Turgeon and Rob Blake answered for the Avalanche.