Peverley’s Heart Undergoing Tests
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.
His teammates? They are trying to deal with what they saw.
After an eerily quiet flight and sleepless nights all around, the Stars were back on the ice for a morning skate in St. Louis, relieved that Peverley’s irregular heart condition had stabilized but clearly shaken by an event that puts their playoff push in perspective.
Even if the NHL hadn’t postponed the game Monday night in Dallas with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 early in the first period, linemate Tyler Seguin was done for the night. He’d come off the ice just ahead of Peverley — the two came to Dallas from Boston in a trade last summer — and was right there when Peverley lost consciousness during what the team 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.”
Fiddler was among four Stars players made available after the morning skate, a veteran hoping to help the kids cope.
“It’s pretty emotional when you see your teammate collapse like that,” Fiddler said. “We have some young guys on the team and it’s a lot more difficult for them because they haven’t been through things the older guys have been through. You’ve got to help them through that.”
For one Stars teammate, Alex Chiasson, it was too much. The team said he had joined Peverley in a Dallas hospital for observation because he was so distraught.
Penguins 2, Capitals 0
Pittsburgh — Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading Pittsburgh over Washington.
Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams’ home-and-series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington. Pittsburgh has won three in a row and picked up at least a point in eight of its last 10 games.
Blue Jackets 4, Red Wings 1
Columbus, Ohio — Rookie Boone Jenner and veteran Brandon Dubinsky scored 40 seconds apart in the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky had 39 saves to lead Columbus past Detroit.
Coyotes 3, Panthers 1
Sunrise, Fla. — Radim Vrbata had a goal and two assists to lead Phoenix over Florida.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Coyotes. Mike Smith made 31 saves.
Devils 2, Flyers 1
Philadelphia — Jaromir Jagr scored the winning goal to snap a third-period tie and led New Jersey over Philadelphia.
Travis Zajac had the other goal for New Jersey (29-24-13).
Predators 4, Sabres 1
Buffalo, n.y. — Shea Weber had a goal and an assist and the Predators won their second straight road game with a victory over Buffalo.
Hurricanes 3, Rangers 1
Raleigh, n.c. — Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty both had a goal and an assist, and Carolina snapped a 10-game losing streak against New York.
Elias Lindholm added an insurance goal for Carolina late in the third period.