BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The health condition of Dallas forward Rich Peverley was on the minds of NHL general managers one day after his collapse forced the postponement of the Stars' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Peverley, who missed training camp this season because of an irregular heartbeat, had just returned from a shift on Monday night when he collapsed on the bench during the first period because of a "cardiac event," a doctor said.
After a lengthy delay, the game was postponed with Columbus leading 1-0. By then, Peverley was awake and had been transported to a hospital. He was listed in stable condition.
"It was a scary situation," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "We were all at a general managers dinner and we were alerted immediately about the events in Dallas.
"We were being updated kind of on a step-by-step basis what was happening and what was transpiring."
Stars general manager Jim Nill left the meetings and flew back to Dallas before Tuesday's session.
For Matthieu Schneider, the NHL Players' Association special assistant, the news about Peverley brought back memories of when former Detroit teammate Jiri Fischer went into cardiac arrest during a game on Nov. 21, 2005.
That was the first time an NHL game was postponed due to injury. Fischer was revived at the arena, but never played in the league again.
"He (Fischer) is a big man and he collapsed right on me," Schneider said. "That was one of the scariest moments of my career. Thank goodness (Dr.) Tony Colluci was right there at the time.
"It was shocking, particularly (because) Fisch was just an incredible athlete, in amazing shape."
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The NHL's general managers and other league personnel were gathered at a Florida golf club for a dinner to honor former Blues GM Larry Pleau on Monday night when they were alerted that something had gone horribly wrong in Dallas.
Dallas forward Rich Peverley had collapsed on the Stars' bench and immediately in Florida there was a desperate need to get more information. As the NHL's disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan always has the capability to watch video whenever games are on, even at a dinner.
He grabbed his iPad.
"My guys are back in New York doing the game in the video room," Shanahan told ESPN.com Tuesday. "They sent it to me immediately."
He shared the Peverley video with Stars GM Jim Nill, who was checking voice mails in an attempt to get any update of the situation.
Commissioner Gary Bettman, Nill, Shanahan, Colin Campbell, Bill Daly and Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen were all part of a group that went into a hallway to form the proper response, all the while trying to gather as much information as possible on Peverley's health.
Both the Stars and Blue Jackets let it be known that they strongly preferred to stop play for the night. Ultimately, Shanahan said, it was Bettman who made the call to postpone the game -- the right decision.
"He knew what to do," Shanahan said. "Gary's a very clear thinker in crisis mode. First and foremost, it was about the health and safety of Peverley."
For Shanahan, it was a reminder of the scary moment he experienced as a player when Detroit Red Wings teammate Jiri Fischer collapsed on the bench during a game against Nashville in 2005. It was a moment that helped the NHL gain experience and make improvements in medical standards that might have saved Peverley's life.
In that 2005 game, Shanahan was at the end of the bench and saw commotion. He saw someone standing over Fischer and first thought a fan had gotten onto the bench. When the reality hit that it was a medical emergency, he joined his teammates in trying to get play stopped. They threw sticks on the ice, jumped over the boards. Anything to get the attention of the referees.
"The referees didn't know what we were doing," Shanahan said.
Mathieu Schneider, now an executive with the NHLPA and in Florida to represent the players in the rules debate being had by the GMs, was closer to Fischer than Shanahan. Much closer.
He said Fischer collapsed right onto him.
"That was one of the scariest moments of my career," Schneider said. "You had no idea what was happening. But then he started convulsing. It was real scary for everyone. [Red Wings head physician] Tony Colucci was right behind our bench and on top of him before anyone knew. It was a great effort to save him."
The same can be said for Peverley and the doctors in Dallas. While there was universal concern among those at the GM meetings in Florida for Peverley and the gravity of the situation, there was also gratitude that the Stars staff was as prepared as it was to respond to that situation.
"We've had a number of scary incidents over the years, probably 10-15 years. I think that has helped us compile medical emergency standards that we have in place in every building," said deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "Obviously in this instance, the fact that the doctors have to be proximate to the playing surface with immediate access to the players bench or the playing surface is important. Thank God it worked out the way it did."
The next step is moving forward.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the league had narrowed down the date on which the game between Dallas and Columbus would be made up. In following the Fischer blueprint, the plan is to play a full 60-minute game with the Blue Jackets starting with a 1-0 lead, carried over from Monday night's game.
Both the Stars and Blue Jackets were back in action Tuesday night, really the best way to honor a hockey player once the situation is stabilized. Keep on playing.
Shanahan understands the emotions the players are feeling right now and sometimes it's just best to get back on the ice.
"Look, it's tough that there's such a quick turnaround," Shanahan said. "I think they’ll have to use all of their skills as professional athletes to block things out, which they do with other things. ... My guess is that they probably all went to the hospital. Maybe had a chance to speak to him last night, certainly that helped them today."
According to coach Lindy Ruff, the Peverley incident hit Chiasson especially hard from an emotional standpoint, so Chiasson went to the hospital while the rest of the team traveled to St. Louis on Monday night for Tuesday's game against the Blues.
“He wasn’t doing good; a lot of anxiety associated with what happened last night,” said Ruff, who witnessed the life-saving measures performed on Peverley in a tunnel behind the bench Monday night, of Chiasson. “He was shaken by the whole event, emotionally shaken. He wasn’t doing very well, so we thought it best to get him under some care.
“That was an event that a lot of players handled, I thought, really good. Alex and some guys that are more emotional were really stressed by it.”
Ruff said he would check in with both players when the team returns to Dallas after the game Tuesday.
The Stars called up forward Chris Mueller and Colton Sceviour from the Texas Stars for the game tonight. They flew into St. Louis on Tuesday morning.
Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is undergoing tests at UT Southwestern St. Paul Hospital to examine what caused the cardiac event he suffered during the first period of Monday's game with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Stars general manager Jim Nill issued a statement Tuesday, saying the 31-year-old Peverley has been communicating with his friends and teammates and is "extremely grateful for all of the prayers and support" he's received.
"The focus of all the testing and monitoring is being dedicated to finding the cause of the event and a long-term solution to rectify the problem," Nill said in the statement. "We do not have any more specifics at this time."
The Stars are expected to hold a news conference Wednesday, along with UT Southwestern doctors, to update Peverley's situation.
Peverley skated to the bench early in the first period Monday and collapsed. He was immediately treated by medical staff on hand. The NHL decided to postpone the remainder of the game and will decide at a later date whether to reschedule it. The Stars are in St. Louis to play the Blues on Tuesday.
Right winger Alex Chiasson also was hospitalized in Dallas as a result of the incident, coach Lindy Ruff told reporters Tuesday.
According to Ruff, the Peverley incident hit Chiasson, 23, hard from an emotional standpoint, so he went to the hospital while the rest of the team traveled to St. Louis on Monday night.
"He wasn't doing good; a lot of anxiety associated with what happened last night," said Ruff, who witnessed the life-saving measures in a tunnel behind the bench. "He was shaken by the whole event, emotionally shaken. He wasn't doing very well, so we thought it best to get him under some care.
"That was an event that a lot of players handled, I thought, really good. Alex and some guys that are more emotional were really stressed by it."
Ruff said he would check in with both players when the team returns to Dallas after Tuesday's game.
The rest of the team was doing its best to focus on the good news.
"We're going to regroup," center Jamie Benn
DALLAS -- Rich Peverley underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat six months ago after a physical revealed the condition at the start of training camp.
The Dallas Stars' forward missed a game last week with a recurrence of the problem.
His biggest scare came Monday night when he collapsed on the bench early in a game against Columbus and was rushed through a tunnel and stabilized.
The 31-year-old Peverley ended up in good condition at a Dallas hospital, but the episode shook his teammates and led to the game's postponement with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 in the first period.
"When he dropped, it was red alert," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Don't worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors. The players don't want to play, and I don't want to coach the team right now."
After Peverley collapsed, Dallas players were pounding their sticks on the boards to try to get the attention of officials. When that didn't work, they started jumping off the bench onto the ice with the game going on.
After the game stopped and the chaotic scene played out, the Stars stood in stunned silence, clearly in distress, unsure what had happened to a player they knew had a history of heart problems.
"I was scared," Ruff said.
Stars forward Erik Cole tried to rush into the tunnel just after Peverley was carried through, only to be turned away. He then gnawed at the thumb on one of his gloves while he waited for word on what the players would do next.
The game was postponed.
When he dropped. It was red alert. Don't worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors"-Coach Ruff— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Per Dr. Salazar, Peverley was aware of where he was when became conscious and wanted to get back in to the game.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
"First thing Rich asked me when I spoke to him- 'how much time left in the period'. You know, typical athlete"-Coach Ruff— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) March 11, 2014
Thoughts and prayers to my old roomie Rich Peverly. May you find the strength to overcome the battles you face moving forward. @DallasStars— Jordin Tootoo (@Jtootoo22) March 11, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to pevs and his family thinking of you bud— Brad Marchand (@Bmarch63) March 11, 2014
Wins and losses aside the NHL is a small community. I think we can all say our thoughts are with Peverley and his family. #getwell— Bobby Ryan (@b_ryan9) March 11, 2014
Thinking about the Peverley family on this tough night— marc savard (@MSavvy91) March 11, 2014
Prayers for rich peverley— chris stewart (@CstewSTL25) March 11, 2014
Remember hockey is just a game. Thoughts and prayers go out to the health of Rich Peverley and his family. #getwellsoon— Nathan Thompson (@NateThompson44) March 11, 2014
Thoughts and prayers with Pevs right now! Scary to see something like that.— Steven Kampfer (@SteveKampfer47) March 11, 2014
Thoughts and prayers go out to Rich Peverley. Very scary what happened in Dallas tonight. Great work by the Stars' medical staff.— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) March 11, 2014
How bout Stars Rich Peverley's first words after a "cardiac event" was asking his coach how much time left in the 1st period. #amazing— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) March 11, 2014
Thoughts and prayers in Dallas... my gosh.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) March 11, 2014
I wasn't in the arena. But just watching on television as everyone tried to figure out what was going on and if Peverley was going to be OK was difficult. The game was delayed while the medical staff tended to Peverley and got him to a hospital and the Stars reported that he was conscious as he made his way there.
But as the remaining fans watched, it was up to the NHL to decide whether the game would go on.
They correctly decided against any more hockey at American Airlines Center on Monday. How could either team be expected to play a game not knowing what Peverley's condition was?
Sometimes we have a tendency to play on in these situations, thinking that if we go about our business, it might help. And perhaps that's true at certain times. But not Monday night. After something like that happens, you can't expect anyone to go about the game as if nothing happened.
The reports from the Stars indicate that Peverley was conscious and one of the doctors on the scene, Dr. Gil Salazar, said he treated Peverley for a "cardiac event successfully," according to the Stars' official twitter feed, and that Peverley wanted to get back into the game. That's a good sign.
The challenge for the Stars will be to regroup and go back out on the ice Tuesday night in St. Louis. But for tonight, the NHL got it right. They were only worried about Peverley and his condition, not playing a hockey game.
With the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 early in the first period on Monday night, play was quickly halted when Peverley had a heart problem while on the bench.
Play was halted 6:23 in as Peverley was quickly carried down the tunnel. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious and taken to a hospital.
"We treated (Peverley) for a cardiac event successfully," said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospitals. "We provide oxygen for him. We started an IV. We did chest compressions on him and defibrillated him, provided some electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart, and that was successful with one attempt, which is very reassuring.
"As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was able to tell me where he was."
A hush fell over the crowd during the lengthy delay between the time play was stopped and when the game was called off.
There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up.
"Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition," the NHL said in a statement. "As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans."
Peverley's wife, Nathalie, accompanied him in the ambulance to UT Southwestern St. Paul University Hospital.
The Stars conveyed the message to the Blue Jackets that they weren't up for finishing the game on Monday.
"They're shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that," John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio. "They were shaken to the core."
Peverley missed the preseason and the season opener because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical. He made his Stars debut on Oct. 5 against Washington.
"We monitor him closely for a different type of arrhythmia he has," Dr. Salazar said. "He does have a pre-existing condition, and the condition -- a normal quivering of the heart that does not allow him to send blood to places where he needs to, in his brain and heart."
Peverley sat out last week's game at Columbus because of an irregular heartbeat. He had felt strange after last Monday's game and couldn't fly.
Peverley then played in Dallas' next two games before Monday.
"There wasn't any concern," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said regarding Peverley's return to the lineup. "Our doctors have done a fabulous job monitoring the situation."
Both teams skated off the ice after Peverley's collapse. The Stars didn't go directly through the tunnel next to their bench, but through a door at the south end of the rink.
"I was scared," Ruff said.
As Ruff turned to seek medical help from the stands, players from both teams tried to attract the officials' attention by banging their sticks on the boards and the ice.
"If it wasn't for our doctors and all the members (of the training staff) reacting so quickly, I could be standing here with a different story," Ruff said. "They were there ASAP. It's an absolute marvel after what he went through."
The scene inside the arena was tense before the news of Peverley's condition improved.
"When he dropped, it was red alert," Ruff said. "Don't worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors.
"As soon as he came off the ice, I started screaming into the crowd for a doctor. The players don't want to play, and I don't want to coach the team right now."
In 62 games this season before Monday, Peverley had seven goals and 23 assists.
He was acquired last July from Boston with forward Tyler Seguin
Being named the NHL's first star of the week is nice and all, but the only thing on Tyler Seguin's mind after Monday morning's skate was the next 48 hours and a pair of playoff-like games versus Columbus and St. Louis.
"You got it," the red-hot Stars center told ESPN.com over the phone from Dallas.
Winners of seven of their past 10 games, the Stars begin the week with a three-point cushion over Phoenix for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Stars host the Blue Jackets on Monday night before turning around to take on the first-place Blues in St. Louis on Tuesday night.
Every night has a playoff feel these days.
"Pretty much," said the former Boston Bruins forward. "Usually, the last few years I'm used to trying to play for first place or third place in the conference at this time of year. But this playoff push has really made our team go to the next level. We've got a group of guys that's really bought in together. This is the most fun I've had in hockey in a while."
Seguin is only 22 but on a Stars team that has missed the playoffs for five straight seasons, so that also makes him a playoff veteran, given his Cup ring from 2011 in Boston plus a return trip to the Cup finals last spring.
He knows what it takes at this time of year and it's something he's tapping into right now.
"It's more responsibility, for sure," Seguin said. "I don't know if you want to call it added pressure but I think my game has grown a lot this year. I'm in a different role and I'm looked up to a little differently just because I do have that experience, even for a young age. I'm just trying to make the most of this opportunity and show what I can do with my experience."
These days, Seguin can do no wrong. He's fifth in the NHL in scoring with 66 points (29-37), and his play alongside winger Jamie Benn all season long has been a thing of beauty to behold.
Don't you love it when a plan comes together? GM Jim Nill trades for Seguin last summer, thinking a change of scenery would elevate Seguin to that next level, that he could become a franchise player in Dallas. Head coach Lindy Ruff decides to put Benn back on the wing and move Seguin to his natural center position.
It's all worked so well between the two star forwards, each player responding brilliantly to the changes.
"I think that chemistry is just going to continue to grow," Seguin said of Benn. "Since Day 1, we became good friends off the ice. We definitely are two competitive guys and push each other a little bit. He hasn't experienced playoff games but going to the Olympics and winning that gold medal was huge for him and he saw how he could handle that kind of pressure on that stage. He's gained confidence from that and he's been great since he's been back."
It's not all positive, though. The Stars have lost starting netminder Kari Lehtonen -- who has been tremendous this season -- to a concussion after Minnesota Wild player Erik Haula collided with him Saturday night.
"Kari has definitely been the backbone of our team. I know he has been for a few years here in Dallas," Seguin said. "He's a quiet guy but definitely a true leader. It's terrible to see him go down. I still haven't seen the replay. Hopefully, he comes back sooner rather than later."
All of which makes Nill's decision to pick up Tim Thomas before the trade deadline even that much more inspired. Who knows how long Lehtonen will be out, but at least Seguin knows a lot about the veteran netminder stepping in for the next little while.
"Timmy has maybe the weirdest goaltending style in the league, but I've had a front-row seat and seen what he can do in a big-time game with everything on the line," Seguin said of his former Bruins teammate. "He's a true competitor, loves the game, and he works really hard. I was really happy with his acquisition. Good on Jim to get a goalie like Tim."
Can the Stars pull it out? Can they finally make the postseason after a half decade on the sidelines?
Few people before the season had them making it this season in the tough Western Conference. And truth be told, the Stars themselves weren't sure what to expect.
"I don't know if we even knew about our expectations this year, there was just so much new with the team," Seguin said. "You look at new management, new coaches, new players, new jerseys, so many new things, it was hard to know where we'd be this year. But I think we've earned the right to be where we are in that playoff hunt, we're fighting to stay in that last spot and move up if we can. We're having a lot of fun with it right now."
SEGUIN, ANISIMOV AND HENRIQUE NAMED NHL 'THREE STARS' OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (March 10, 2014) – Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin, Columbus Blue Jackets center Artem Anisimov and New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the period ending Mar. 9.
FIRST STAR— TYLER SEGUIN, C, DALLAS STARS
Seguin led the NHL with nine points (4-5--9) as the Stars (31-23-10) earned six of a possible eight points for the week, strengthening their hold on the second Wild Card position in the Western Conference. Seguin notched one assist in a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres Mar. 3 and tallied five points, including his third hat trick of the season, in a 6-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks Mar. 6. He finished the week by tallying a goal and two assists in a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild Mar. 8. Seguin's eight-point outburst was the most points by a Stars player in a two-game span since the 1992-93 season, when Mike Modano notched 3-5--8 from Feb. 1-3. The 22-year-old Brampton, Ont. native ranks fifth in NHL scoring with a team-leading 66 points (29-37--66), while his Stars-high 29 goals is tied for sixth overall.
SECOND STAR –- ARTEM ANISIMOV, C, COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Anisimov recorded four goals, including three game-winners, as the Blue Jackets (33-26-5) recorded three victories in four starts to secure the second Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference. After closing the previous week by scoring the game-winning goal against Florida Mar. 1, Anisimov became the first player in Blue Jackets history to score the game-winner in three consecutive games with deciding tallies on Mar. 3 at Toronto (2-1) and Mar. 4 vs. Dallas (two goals, 4-2). After the streak ended at Chicago on Mar. 6, he registered the club’s fourth consecutive game-winner with a third-period goal in a 1-0 win at Nashville on Mar. 8. The 25-year-old Yaroslavl, Russia, native has collected 19-14--33 in 64 games this season, setting a career high in goals.
THIRD STAR – ADAM HENRIQUE, C, NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Henrique tallied a League-leading five goals last week, powering the Devils (28-24-13) to two wins in three starts. Henrique notched one goal in a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings Mar. 4, scored twice in a 7-4 loss to Detroit Mar. 7 and finished the week recording a pair of goals in a 5-4 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Mar. 8. Henrique's two-goal performance extended his goal streak to six games, during which he's tallied nine times. The only player with a longer goal streak in the League this season is Anaheim's Corey Perry, who scored in seven consecutive games from Nov. 29 to Dec. 11. The 24-year-old Brantford, Ont., native leads the Devils in goals with a career-high 23 in 65 games.
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Lehtonen was injured in the third period Saturday night in a win over Minnesota when Erik Haula ran over him and knocked off Lehtonen's helmet.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Sunday that Lehtonen was "not doing that well" after saying after the game that his goalie likely had a concussion. The team didn't update Lehtonen's condition any further.
Tim Thomas, acquired in a trade with Florida at the deadline last week, replaced Lehtonen and got the win when the Stars scored twice in the final 10 minutes to beat the Wild 4-3. He's likely to start Monday night against Columbus, with Nilstorp backing him up.
Lehtonen lost his helmet as he fell back into the goal after the hard hit.
"Obviously, not good," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said after Dallas' 4-3 win. "[Haula] went in hard, [Lehtonen] hit the crossbar hard. Likelihood, it's a concussion on just a dirty play. He should be suspended.
"Fourth-liner takes out our goaltender."
In Lehtonen's place, Tim Thomas made his Stars debut and stopped all six shots he faced. They acquired him from the Florida Panthers in a trade at Wednesday's deadline. Minnesota was leading 3-2 at the time.
Haula received 15 minutes in penalties, a major for charging plus a game misconduct.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.