It was the Stars' first home game since forward Rich Peverley collapsed on their bench on Monday.
Peverley got a standing ovation when he was shown on the video board in the first period, four nights after he was revived by medical personnel during a game against Columbus that was postponed.
The 31-year-old Peverley, who was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in training camp, is out for the season. He will soon undergo a procedure designed to correct the condition.
The Stars looked as though they were on their way to a second straight win since Peverley's collapse, but the Flames scored a pair of goals 3 minutes apart to get even late in the third.
Peverley made the appearance, sitting in a suite, to see his teammates play at home against the Calgary Flames. He will head to Cleveland on Sunday and meet with doctors there Monday. Peverley is expected to undergo surgery soon to regulate an atrial fibrillation, which was diagnosed during a preseason physical in September. He will not play hockey for the remainder of this season.
During the first television timeout Friday night, the Stars made an announcement thanking the doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and the 31-year-old Peverley was shown on the video screen. He received a standing ovation from fans, and both teams stood on the bench and banged their sticks against the boards in salute. Peverley clapped as the team thanked the medical staff and then waved to the crowd.
With a little more than six minutes gone in the first period of Monday's game, Peverley's heart started beating fast and then stopped for what doctors said was a matter of seconds before CPR was administered. Peverley's heart was defibrillated successfully on one try, and he was talking prior to heading to the hospital.
Peverley spent 48 hours in a local hospital undergoing tests that doctors said were normal. He faces a recovery time of two to three months after the surgery and then doctors and Peverley will re-evaluate how he's doing and what it means for his hockey future.
"It's awesome," said Chiasson, who missed the Stars' game at St. Louis on Tuesday after witnessing Peverley's collapse on the bench Monday night. "I think just to see him today around and you could see the guys happy to see him. We're just happy he's healthy and back with his family."
Chiasson didn't feel well after Peverley's cardiac event but visited Peverley at the hospital Tuesday. Chiasson practiced with the team Thursday and is expected to play Friday against Calgary.
"I had never seen anything like that happen," Chiasson said. "For me, Pevs was someone I sat next to in the locker room, was someone that took care of me on the road and was the first one to text me to see if I wanted to go to dinner. For the young guys, it's always hard to open up and ask questions, and he was the guy I leaned on for that type of thing throughout the year.
"Emotionally, it was really hard. There's different thoughts that go through your mind. You never want to see anything like that."
Chiasson's locker is beside Peverley's, both at the practice facility and at American Airlines Center.
With the trade deadline wrapped up, teams viewing the bigger picture soon will be turning their attention to their free agents. That's not necessarily a good thing for those looking to use free agency this summer as a way to restock their franchise. There are good players on the top 25 unrestricted free-agent list below, but it only thins out from there.
"I have the preliminary list," said Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray, who is going to have a lot of money to work with this summer. "You can look at that and say, 'OK, we have 10 guys on that list we like, they can sign between now and then.' So I don't get too excited about that list."
With teams as diligent as ever about signing their players to long-term contracts before they hit free agency, the number of available quality players is already a small one. Supply and demand will put general managers in a tough spot.
"Obviously, it's getting tougher and tougher," Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon said during a quick chat Tuesday.
Like Murray, Tallon is going to have money to spend this summer.
"There's some assets we're interested in," he said. "We've identified who we like, who fit into our player allotment, where they would fit into our organization and how they would help our young guys develop quicker."
This list, like Murray's preliminary list, is going to change between now and July 1, but here's an early look at the top 25 unrestricted free agents for this summer, ranked in order of the most value they'll provide their next team:
Note: All cap hit data is courtesy of CapGeek.com.
At this point in Miller's career, he has to decide where he thinks he has the best chance of winning a Stanley Cup. "That's what it comes down to," one NHL source said. "That is the determining factor." It's hard to argue there's a better spot than the one Murray sent him to before the trade deadline. The Blues really like Jake Allen, but are firmly in the middle of a Stanley Cup window, and Miller gives them the best chance to win. It might be the perfect marriage. If the Ducks decide to let Jonas Hiller walk this summer, Anaheim is another city that would intrigue Miller, who spends offseason time in California. The problem there is that Ducks GM Bob Murray has no shortage of goalie options in the system. Miller's future may hinge on how things go this postseason in St. Louis.
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Peverley was released from UT Southwestern St. Paul Hospital on Wednesday night following two days of tests after he collapsed on the bench in Monday's game and was treated for a cardiac event. His next step is to head to Cleveland for surgery, which was originally scheduled for the offseason.
Recovery will take at least a few months.
"His season is over," Dr. Robert J. Dimeff, primary care sports medicine director at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, said Wednesday during a news conference.
Peverley, 31, collapsed on the Stars' bench early in Monday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center. He was treated immediately by medical personnel in the tunnel that leads from the ice to the Stars' dressing room.
Doctors on the scene said Peverley was treated for a "cardiac event" and that he was defibrillated successfully after one attempt. Dimeff said Peverley's heart was beating very fast and then stopped, but he thinks for only a few seconds. It didn't take long for medical personnel -- and an unknown woman in a green Stars jersey who is believed to be a season-ticket holder -- to jump into action and start CPR.
Dimeff said that the results of tests Peverley has undergone since have been normal.
Peverley made a brief appearance at the news conference and thanked doctors for saving his life, and the team's coaches, front office and fans for their support. He shook hands with all of the doctors and departed.
* Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT): Fifth shutout of the season, tied for second in NHL.
* Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT): Second shutout of the Capitals this season, third in his career; first goalie to shut out Caps twice in season since 2010-11.
* Penguins: Eight straight wins versus Capitals.
* Alex Ovechkin (WSH): Held without a point in four straight games for second time this season.
Sharks 6, Maple Leafs 2
* Joe Pavelski: Two goals (34), assist; second three-point game in last three games.
* Joe Thornton: Three assists (55); third game with three assists this season.
* Sharks: Third straight win overall; 4-0-1 in last five games.
* Maple Leafs: Loss snaps three-game win streak.
Stars 3, Blues 2 F/OT
* Jamie Benn (DAL): First career OT goal; goal and assist (six points past three games).
* Stars: Won three straight games (4.3 goals/game).
* Blues: Loss snaps four-game home win streak versus Stars.
* David Backes (STL): no points, five shots, minus-2, (one point in last four games).
Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 1
* Blue Jackets: Have won five of past six games; lost previous three (0-2-1).
* Blue Jackets: Scored final four goals after trailing 1-0; three in less than six-minute span in third period.
* Red Wings: 0-4 on power play; 0-7 the past two games.
Hurricanes 3, Rangers 1
* Rangers: Have 10-game win streak versus Hurricanes snapped.
* Hurricanes: Second win in last nine games
* Cam Ward (CAR): 24 saves, first win since Dec. 31 versus Canadiens.
* Jordan Staal (CAR): Go-ahead goal; second straight game with multiple points (two assists in loss to Devils).
A text came right back onto Ruff’s smartphone from Peverley, and read, simply:
“Keep rolling, and we’ll see you tomorrow.”
The Stars put the scary events of Monday night aside -- Peverley collapsing on the Stars bench at American Airlines Center and needing life-saving medical treatment -- and beat the NHL’s top team 3-2 in overtime.
Jamie Benn scored the game winner with 1:18 left in overtime, sniping a shot over Ryan Miller’s glove on assists from Trevor Daley and Tyler Seguin.
Benn and Seguin were on either side of linemate Peverley after they came off on a line change when Peverley collapsed Monday night.
“Last night was a scary situation; today’s a new day,” said Benn, the Stars’ captain. “We were thinking about Rich back home, but I thought we did a great job getting mentally ready for this game. We’re still in a playoff hunt, a good playoff push. We found a way to get to points.”
The victory was the Stars’ third in a row, and they are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games. They’re 32-23-10 for 74 points, in eighth in the Western Conference and in the second and final wild-card playoff spot. The Blues dropped to 44-14-7 for 95 points, first by two points over Anaheim in the NHL standings.
Putting aside the traumatic events “wasn’t easy,” Benn said. One of their teammates, Alex Chiasson, was so emotionally distraught by the event that he was hospitalized Monday night rather than traveling to St. Louis. Still, the Stars were able to focus in on the game, well fought throughout.
“It hit our guys pretty good last night,” Benn said. “I thought we did a job in coming in here and getting two points in a tough building.”
In addition to scoring the winner, Benn sprung Antoine Roussel for his breakaway goal in the second period. Colton Sceviour, one of two players called up from the AHL's Texas Stars to fill out the roster Tuesday, scored the other goal.
Sceviour wasn’t sure what was awaiting him when he joined the team. The incident hit him as well, and he was only watching the game on television.
“You never know what to expect in this situation,” he said. “There’s not a page in a book about how to handle a situation like this. The fact that he texted a lot of guys and told them he was doing well, the fact he was stable, helped guys put that aside for a couple hours and focus on hockey for a little bit. That was huge.”
Goalie Tim Thomas finished with 28 saves for his second win in a Stars uniform. Thomas watched Benn’s winner unfold from the other end of the ice.
“When I saw the puck come to Jamie there, I was like, ‘Bury it,’ and he put it top shelf,” Thomas said. “Awesome job.”
Thomas has only been with the Stars a week, arriving at the trade deadline from Florida. He played his first game Saturday when Kari Lehtonen suffered a concussion, and had the curtailed start Monday before finally playing a full game -- and then some -- Tuesday.
“It helps that Rich is doing really well,” Thomas said. “I’m certainly not trying to underplay anything that happened to Rich, you know, but under the circumstances, I’m going to look at the positives that he’s doing well, and I’m sure he was cheering us on. He’d want us to go out and win the game, and that’s what we did.”
Peverley’s texts Monday from the hospital helped immensely, according to Thomas.
“That set a lot of guys at ease; it did me anyway,” Thomas said.
Likewise, the text Tuesday to Ruff was the best news of the day.
Colton Sceviour, among two call-ups by the Stars with Peverley out indefinitely and teammate Alex Chiasson also hospitalized due to emotional distress after his teammate's "cardiac event," scored on a power play in the first period.
Miller robbed the other call-up, Chris Mueller, with a glove save from point-blank range with 2:16 to go in the third. But he couldn't corral a shot by Benn, the Stars captain, that gave Dallas its fourth win in five games.
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."
That prompted the NHL to issue stringent emergency medical standards for all franchises to adhere to.
Each club must have two team doctors at every home game, and one must be seated within 50 feet of the benches during a game. An ambulance dedicated to players must be at the scene in case someone needs to be transported to a hospital.
"I think we're much more prepared now than ever to handle serious incidents like that," Ottawa Senators
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.