Peverley, who missed last Tuesday’s game against Columbus — as well as training camp and Dallas' season opener — due to an
irregular heartbeat, was rushed from the bench and attended to
in the hallway by medical personnel before being taken to the
hospital, where he was reported to be conscious and in stable
condition. After a 15-minute delay, players from both clubs left
the ice through the visitors' tunnel with 13:37 remaining in the
opening period and decided not to resume play.
"There's nobody in there that wants to play hockey right now,
and I think everybody understands that when you've witnessed
what they had to witness and that's their teammate," Stars coach
Lindy Ruff said in a news conference. "And that's the right
place to be. That's the right emotion to have. They're not doing
very good, and I wouldn't expect them to be."
Shortly after the contest was halted, the NHL released the
following statement: "Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well
and is in stable condition. He has been transported to the
hospital. 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
Nathan Horton scored a power-play goal 2:44 into the game
against Tim Thomas, who was making his first start for Dallas,
to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. A decision regarding the
remainder of the contest will be made at a later date.
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