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.
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.
Editor's note: These rankings are based on player production in terms of Hockey Prospectus' GVT valuation metric. If you are unfamiliar with GVT and how it works, you can find more here.
Every week, Hockey Prospectus will provide updated Player Power Rankings for the top 10 skaters and top five goalies in the NHL based on HP's proprietary value metric GVT, a statistic that combines player contributions in all aspects of the game, including defense, goaltending and the shootout. The data presented here includes a value for offensive GVT, defensive GVT, shootout GVT and overall GVT (stats through Saturday).
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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.
Haula was given a major penalty for charging and was ejected. Tyler Seguin scored during the 5-minute power play to tie the game 3-3.
Four minutes later, Cole picked up a loose puck at center ice and beat goalie Darcy Kuemper.
Before the game, the Stars retired Mike Modano's No. 9 in front of a Dallas-record crowd of 19,109.
DALLAS -- It was as if a slice of Hollywood came to American Airlines Center on Saturday night, complete with a long, Victory Green carpet and glittering stars.
That's really the only way to send Mike Modano's No. 9 to the rafters, isn't it?
It was Modano, after all, who made hockey the thing to do in Dallas. It wasn't just Modano's speed, skill and good looks that made fans -- and the famous folks -- want to see the Stars as they became one of the best teams in hockey in the late 1990s. It was that he was willing to teach the game, too, to a group of football fans who weren't sure what to make of it. Modano was out in the public eye, signing autographs and talking up hockey, hoping to help grow the game in Dallas.
He did. And he won a Stanley Cup in the process, forever immortalizing that 1999 team in Dallas hockey history. That group -- 20 of them in all -- was on hand Saturday to see Modano's No. 9 hoisted to the roof. Derian Hatcher, the captain of that team, even brought the Stanley Cup out. But that team meant the most to Modano. Many of those players were his teammates for years, building the unit into one that managed to win crucial Game 7s on the way to the game's ultimate prize.
"The impact those guys made on this town and that team and on me, a lot of those guys pushed hard on me and made sure I showed up injured and hurt and played through it," Modano said. "They taught me a lot about winning."
Modano's first roommate in the NHL was there. So were some of his coaches and general managers. Former Stars owner Tom Hicks, who received a mixture of boos and cheers, was also there, and Modano made it a point to thank him. While the financial troubles of Hicks' company caused him to lose ownership of the Texas Rangers and Stars, he also spent the money needed to bring top players to Dallas and assemble that Cup team.
"We wouldn’t have won that Stanley Cup if it wasn’t for Tom Hicks," Modano said.
Former GM Bob Gainey credited Modano for selling the sport in Texas. And Modano's former teammates heaped him with praise for what he did on and off the ice.
It was a classy night that included a brief appearance by some of the biggest names in DFW sports -- retired Ranger Michael Young, Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, former Mavs star Rolando Blackman, former Cowboys quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach.
Give Dan Stuchal, Stars vice president of business development, credit for putting together an event that showcased how big a star Modano is in this town and also allowed him to thank those who helped him along the way.
It was well done, and well deserved for Modano.
As the videos played throughout the arena, I was thinking how fortunate I was to have covered so many of his great moments. He was a rare superstar who never acted like one. He always enjoyed ribbing me about anything -- something I wrote, something I wore, something I said -- and he had no problem with me ribbing him back. That made chronicling his hockey exploits a lot more fun.
Fans were lucky to see Modano play here. And Modano was lucky, too. He became a star in a city that reveres its winners. Sports are a huge part of this community, and while hockey isn't football, Modano made it fun.
Now every fan who walks into American Airlines Center will see his No. 9 hanging there. That's as it should be.
DALLAS -- No Dallas Stars player will ever wear the No. 9 again.
The number, forever connected with the speedy and skilled Mike Modano, was raised to the rafters on Saturday night, the fourth number in the franchise's history to be so honored. The other three were more Minnesota North Stars numbers than Dallas. Most of Modano's career, including his Stanley Cup win in 1999, was spent in Dallas.
"From the moment I got off that plane in 1993, Dallas felt like home," Modano told a sold-out crowd of 19,109 at American Airlines Center during an hour-long ceremony Saturday prior to the Stars' 4-3 win against, the Minnesota Wild. "You've allowed me to be a part of your lives and you to mine. It's been an amazing ride. It couldn't have been done without you people.
"We asked you to give us a chance and you stuck with us and for that, I'm grateful."
Modano was emotional even before he got up to speak. He watched, nervously from the tunnel, as several prominent guests made their way to the stage at center ice and talked about Modano's hockey career and what he meant to the sport in Texas.
In one of the videos that Modano narrated about his hockey life, he says: "Now people ask me where I'm from and I say, Texas -- Dallas, Texas."
Kassian received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit in the first period of the Stars' 6-1 victory Thursday over the Canucks.
Kassian has been suspended before for high-sticking and is considered a repeat offender.
The suspension will cost him $32,104.
Vancouver's Zac Dalpe scored at 18:15 of the second period.
Dallas solidified its hold on the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, improving to 9-3-2 in their last 14 goals.
The fading Canucks, 11th in the West, dropped to 1-10-1 in their last 12 and fell four points behind Dallas.