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Avs' thoughts focus on Fischer

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer's dressing area is shown in the locker room at the Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer's dressing area is shown in the locker room at the Joe Louis Arena on Tuesday.
Carlos Osorio, Associated Press

DETROIT — The Red Wings were back on the ice on Tuesday, but their thoughts were with teammate Jiri Fisher, who collapsed on the bench the night before and was revived with help from a defibrillator.

The team was practicing for its Wednesday home game against Colorado, while Fischer's equipment and jersey hung in his dressing area — a reminder of the player who remained hospitalized and was undergoing tests.

"We were all at the rink today, talking about it," Kris Draper said. "For us, it's not going to be easy. The next time you walk in and see Fisch's stall, guys are going to have some pretty uncomfortable memories.

"It's something that we have to do. We just have to step up and play hockey."

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and team physician Tony Colucci, who performed CPR on Fischer after he collapsed Monday night, said the player was "in good spirits." Colucci visited Fischer at the hospital Tuesday.

"He's actually cracking some jokes," Colucci said during a news conference at Joe Louis Arena. "Everything appears to be well right now."

The 25-year-old Fischer was in good condition after he began having convulsions on the bench late in the first period against the Nashville Predators. Colucci wasn't able to detect a pulse after Fischer collapsed, and an auto defibrillator was used on the player.

After performing CPR, Colucci said he detected a good pulse and Fischer was taken out of the arena by ambulance to Detroit Receiving Hospital. Colucci said Fischer's heart might have stopped, but he didn't know for how long.

The game was postponed.

Holland said Red Wings management consulted with the players, the Predators and the NHL and made the decision to postpone the game.

Holland said it hasn't yet been decided when the game will be played.