ST. LOUIS – Stars forward Rich Peverley remained hospitalized Tuesday in Dallas, undergoing heart tests after collapsing on the bench during a game that was postponed a night earlier.
His teammates? They did a fine job concentrating on the business at hand and earned a 3-2 overtime victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.
“I think the veterans in the room deserve a lot of credit,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “As a coach you can say a lot, but I think it comes from within.
“They’ve been through the trenches and seen some tough stuff.”
After an eerily quiet flight and a sleepless night all around, Dallas was back on the ice for a morning skate in St. Louis on Tuesday. They were relieved that Peverley’s heart condition had stabilized but were clearly shaken by an event that put their playoff push in perspective.
Even if the NHL hadn’t postponed the game Monday with the Columbus Blue Jackets leading 1-0 early in the first period, linemate Tyler Seguin was done for the night. He had come off the ice just ahead of Peverley and was right there when Peverley lost consciousness during what was called a “cardiac event.”
“I went in the room and took my stuff off right away,” Seguin said, his voice catching a bit. “I was right beside him when it was all happening.”
Forward Vernon Fiddler was with Nashville when the Red Wings’ Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Detroit bench in 2005, also from a heart problem.
“You don’t expect that ever to happen,” Fiddler said. “I’ve been unfortunate to be part of both of those.”
The 31-year-old Peverley, who averaged 16 minutes of ice time in all six games of the Stanley Cup finals last season with Boston, was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in training camp and underwent a procedure that sidelined him through the first regular-season game.
He had played in 60 consecutive games before sitting out at Columbus last week due to effects of his heart condition, but Monday’s game was his third straight since then.
The Stars recalled forward Colton Sceviour and Chris Mueller from their Texas AHL affiliate and both were in the lineup against the Blues. Sceviour even scored a power-play goal in the first period.
Penguins 2, Capitals 0
In Pittsburgh, Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Penguins to the win.
Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 1
In Columbus, Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period for the hosts.
Oilers 4, Wild 3 (SO)
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Taylor Hall scored in the fourth round of the shootout to lift Edmonton.
Devils 2, Flyers 1
In Philadelphia, Jaromir Jagr had a tiebreaking goal in the third period for New Jersey.
Hurricanes 3, Rangers 1
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty both had a goal and an assist, and the Hurricanes snapped a 10-game losing streak against New York.
Predators 4, Sabres 1
In Buffalo, Shea Weber had a goal and an assist as Nashville earned its second straight road win by beating the Sabres.
Coyotes 3, Panthers 1
In Sunrise, Florida, Radim Vrbata had a goal and two assists, powering Phoenix to the road win.
Sharks 6, Maple Leafs 2
In San Jose, Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist and passed the 400-point milestone for his career to lead the hosts to their third straight victory.