Red Wings Fall to Predators in Rescheduled Matchup

The Detroit Red Wings scored the same number of goals as the Nashville Predators on Monday night but came away from the game with a loss in what is likely an NHL first.

The Predators started the game ahead by a goal, having been credited for the goal that Greg Johnson scored on November 21 before that game was postponed when Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench.

Johnson’s goal, with assists to Ryan Suter and Scottie Upshall, was the only statistic retained from the postponed game. Upshall’s assist becomes an interesting statistic, as he did not play in the rescheduled game and is not currently on the Nashville roster, having been assigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

Although approximately seven minutes remained in the first period that night, the clock was reset for the makeup matchup.

The Predators scored the game’s first true goal to take a 2-0 lead at 3:56 of the first period. Steve Sullivan took a long pass from Danny Markov to start a breakaway into the Detroit zone before beating Red Wings’ goalie Manny Legace between the legs.

The Red Wings responded just 40 seconds into the second period with a power play goal just seconds after a five-on-three advantage ended.

Robert Lang flipped a rebound shot on net that seemed to bounce off the padding inside the net and back out. In the flurry that followed, Pavel Datsyuk put another rebound off Nashville netminder Tomas Vokoun and in.

Lang was credited with the goal after the first review but that was later overturned and Datsyuk’s goal was left standing.

Just 4:35 later, the Red Wings evened the game with another power play goal. With the teams skating four-on-three, Mathieu Schneider fired a one-timer from the top of the right circle that beat Vokoun.

At 9:30 of the period, the Predators pulled back ahead when Scott Hartnell tipped a shot from the point by Kimmo Timonen past Legace with Nashville on the power play.

After a scoreless second half of the game, Hartnell’s goal stood up as the game-winner.

Detroit went two-for-nine on the power play and stopped six of Nashville’s seven chances with the man-advantage, including one five-on-three. Detroit had two five-on-three opportunities on the night.

Legace faced only 14 shots on the night, making 12 saves. Vokoun turned aside 39 of the 41 shots he faced.

The Red Wings and Predators will meet again Tuesday night, also in Detroit.


The game originally scheduled to be played in Nashville in place of this game has been rescheduled for March 30… Henrik Zetterberg returned to the Detroit lineup after missing two games with a hip flexor… The Predators are now just one point behind the Red Wings for first place in the Central Division.

Fischer Speaks to Press for First Time Since Collapse

Three hours before his teammates were scheduled to face the Pittsburgh Penguins and three weeks since he collapsed on the Detroit bench during a Red Wings – Predators game on November 21, Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer addressed the media about his near-death experience.

“Not too many people get a second chance like I did,” he said before breaking into tears.

He thanked those who were there to help him as he was sprawled out on the floor of the bench area, sobbing, “There’s people that you never forget.”

Fischer also thanked the community for its support.

“There’s so many people who sent me letters and that prayed for me,” he said has he broke down again.

He did not make any announcement about the future of his career, saying only “I would keep it to that I would like to return one day.”

When asked about his daily routine of late, Fischer responded, “The last three weeks… I get up every day… and I live.”

Fischer confirmed that he has not been – nor has he expected to be – cleared to play.

“Basically all the doctors… everybody… is trying to be as cautious as possible.”

“You’re not worried about anything else but being alive.”

Postponed Nashville Game Rescheduled

The National Hockey League announced on Tuesday that the postponed November 21 matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and the Nashville Predators has been rescheduled for January 23, 2006.

As the two teams had been scheduled to play in Nashville that night, the original January 23 game has been moved to March 30.

The November 21 game at Joe Louis Arena was postponed with 7:30 remaining in the first period after Detroit defenseman Jiri Fischer suffered convulsions on the bench. He collapsed and had to be revived with CPR and an automated external defibrillator.

As the November game was postponed with Nashville leading, 1-0, the Predators will be credited with one goal to start the January 23 game. The full sixty minutes will be played.

“In reaching a determination as to how best to deal with this unique and extraordinary set of circumstances, our first consideration was fairness to our fans. We did not think it fair to ask them to come out again for only 47 minutes of regulation hockey,” said Colin Campbell, NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. “However, in light of the circumstances that led to the termination of play on Nov. 21, and after consultation with both teams, we also have decided that the rescheduled contest will begin with the Predators ahead, 1-0. A goal will be credited to Greg Johnson, with assists to Ryan Suter and Scottie Upshall. All other statistics will be expunged.”

Holland: Fischer “doing very, very well”

At a press conference from Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland was able to make a positive announcement:

Jiri Fischer is doing very, very well.”

After twelve hours of speculation and uncertainty, Holland and team doctor Tony Colucci spoke to the media to provide what information they could.

“Obviously it’s been a tough 12 hours for our organization,” Holland explained.

Holland thanked the Nashville Predators for “their understanding,” in agreeing to cancel Monday night’s game after Fischer’s collapse. Holland had met with Detroit coach Mike Babcock and captain Steve Yzerman before asking the team if they wanted to continue playing.

The players were in no shape to continue but after visiting Fischer in “little groups,” they’re feeling better today.

“I think that’s going to get guys ready for tomorrow night,” Holland said. “I think we’ve gotta play the games and see how it goes.”

To fill Fischer’s roster spot, Holland speculated, “possibly we will do something, maybe call somebody up from Grand Rapids.”

Colucci spoke about the medical side of Fischer’s situation.

“Everything appears to be well right now, all his tests are coming back within normal limits.”

He explained that when he arrived on the scene – summoned quickly by trainer Piet Van Zant – Fischer was having a convulsion. Colucci worked to maintain an airway when he discovered that he couldn’t feel a pulse. He began chest compressions while Van Zant set up an automated external defibrillator and shocked Fischer. Colucci continued chest compressions.

Fischer was moved when he had a good pulse and was breathing on his own. He was stable upon arrival at Detroit Receiving Hospital and had an unventful evening.

“There’s no way to speculate what triggered it,” Colucci announced. “He’s going through further testing over the next few days.”

He described it as a “rare situation” and would not speculate on when – or whether – Fischer’s career will continue.

Fischer does not remember the incident, only his first shift of the game. The next things he remembers are being in the ambulance and being brought into the hospital.

Wings-Preds Tilt Cancelled After Fischer Collapses

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer suffered a seizure on the bench with 7:30 remaining in the first period of Monday night’s matchup with the Nashville Predators, leading to the game’s cancellation.

Just 1:02 after Fischer was on the ice as Nashville scored the truncated game’s only goal he fell forward while sitting on the bench and collapsed. Red Wings players and staff quickly called for the Joe Louis Arena medical team.

As the Predators left the ice to go to their locker room, CPR was performed on the fallen Red Wing.

Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan skated a strecher over to the bench area and Fischer’s fiancee, Avery, was escorted across the ice.

Fischer was eventually taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital.

Red Wings’ Senior Director of Communications John Hahn later reported that Fischer had suffered a seizure. CPR and an auto defibrillator were used to revive him and that he was “stable and responsive.”

After the two teams conferred via phone with the NHL offices in New York, the game was cancelled, to be made up at a later date.


Nashville’s goal was scored by former Red Wing Greg Johnson with 8:32 remaining in the first… The Red Wings will be back in action on Wednesday against the Colorado Avalanche… Information about the rescheduled matchup will be available in the coming days.