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Stars’ Peverley Hopeful, Patient

Dallas — Rich Peverley wants to play hockey again.

The Dallas Stars forward and ex-Bruin won’t know for a while whether his health will allow him to continue his career.

Peverley said Friday his recovery is “going to take time” in his first meeting with reporters since collapsing on the bench during a game March 10 because of an irregular heartbeat.

The 31-year-old Peverley said he skated Thursday for the first time since the incident. That was 10 days after he underwent a procedure in Cleveland designed to correct his condition. He won’t play again this season.

“The recovery process is going to take time and as cliche as it sounds, I’ve really learned this in the past week that it is day by day,” Peverley said at a news conference before the Stars’ game against Nashville. “Ultimately my goal would be to come back if it’s the right time.”

Peverley said he remembered everything from before and after he lost consciousness against Columbus. The game was postponed and will be played April 9.

The understated veteran didn’t offer a dramatic re-enactment of the critical moments when his life was in danger. He simply said he remembered “feeling like kind of like almost like I was seizing up a little bit,” and leaving it at that.

After he collapsed, Peverley was rushed to a nearby hallway, where he was quickly stabilized before going to a hospital.

“I don’t want to say I keep replaying it in my head but sometimes you think about it,” Peverley said.

Dr. Robert Dimeff, the team physician, said the success rate for Peverley’s procedure is 85 percent in otherwise healthy young adults. But it will be months before doctors know whether Peverley’s heart will stay in rhythm when he’s competing.

Peverley can’t go through any contact drills until he’s finished with blood thinners required by the procedure, which Dimeff said takes about a month.

Friday’s Games

Penguins 2, Blue Jackets 1

Columbus, Ohio — Chris Kunitz and Beau Bennett scored goals 47 seconds apart midway through the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves as Pittsburgh clinched a playoff spot.

James Wisniewski scored a power-play goal for Columbus with 3:06 left, with Pittsburgh hanging on as Fleury made huge saves on Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson during a scrum in the final seconds.

Flyers 4, Maple Leafs 2

Philadelphia — Vinny Lecavalier, Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds scored goals, leading Philadelphia over Toronto.

Toronto’s James van Riemsdyk scored 4 seconds into the second, matching an NHL record for fastest goal from the start of the period. But the Maple Leafs’ skid reached seven games.

Senators 5, Blackhawks 3

Ottawa, Ontario — Craig Anderson had 46 saves and Clarke MacArthur had a goal and two assists as the Ottawa beat Chicago.

It was Anderson’s first game back since being injured March 10.