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[March 12, 2014]  ST. LOUIS  Dallas coach Lindy Ruff thoroughly enjoyed the Stars' 3-2 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night at the Scottrade Center.

But what really brought a smile to the face of the business-like Ruff was a postgame text exchange with fallen center Rich Peverley.

"I texted him right after it was over and he responded," Ruff said. "He was happy. He said, 'Keep rolling and we'll see you tomorrow."

The Stars, who won their third in a row, were playing just 24 hours after Peverley suffered a cardiac episode in the first period of a home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets that eventually was postponed. Peverley is listed in stable condition at a Dallas hospital.

Stars center Jamie Benn scored 3:42 into overtime and goalie Tim Thomas made 28 saves to post the first win with his new team.

Center Colton Sceviour and left winger Antoine Roussel also scored for the Stars, who are 11-3-2 in their last 16 games

The Blues had a five-game winning streak snapped.

Thomas also started Monday night's game, which was halted after just 6:23.

"This felt great," Thomas said. "When the puck came to Jamie there, I said, 'bury it,' and he put it top shelf. He did an awesome job."


Benn calmly converted up top from close range on a pass from defenseman Trevor Daley. The Stars captain whipped a shot behind goalie Ryan Miller, who won his first four starts with the Blues.

"The veterans in the room deserve a lot of credit for this," Ruff said. "That leadership in the room is the one thing that pushed us through."

Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Roman Polak scored for St. Louis.

The Stars stayed focused and seemed to be able to put Monday night's near-disaster behind them.

"Today was a new day and we were thinking about (Peverley) back home, but we were able to do a good job and get mentally ready for this game," Benn said. "It was not easy. It hit our guys pretty good last night. We did a great job as a group coming here and getting two points against a tough opponent."

Thomas said once the game started that it was easy to get back to business.

"Rich is doing really well, so we tried to focus on the game," Thomas said, "I'm sure he was cheering us on. He'd want us to go out and try to win this game and that's what we did."

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The Stars took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Roussel early in the third period. The Blues bounced back to tie it on Polak's long shot from inside the blue line with 14:59 left in the regulation.

Pietrangelo started the scoring with his seventh goal of the season at 13:01 of the first period. He converted off a shot from forward Magnus Paajarvi. It was Pietrangelo's first goal in 20 games.

Dallas tied it at 1 on Sceviour's power-play goal with 53 seconds left in the opening period.

Miller stopped 84 of 90 shots in winning his first four games with the Blues after coming over from the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 28.

"We were in this game. It could have gone either way," Miller said.

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock was not as forgiving.

"We're not playing the right way," he said. "It starts with our best players. They've got to dig in."

NOTES: St. Louis D Jay Bouwmeester played in his 700th successive NHL game, the longest current active streak among all NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB athletes. ... Dallas G Kari Lehtonen is listed as day to day with concussion-like symptoms suffered Saturday against the Minnesota Wild. ... The Blues had killed off 33 of 35 penalties before Sceviour's first-period power-play goal. ... St. Louis LW Jaden Schwartz played in his 100th game. ... The teams will meet twice in the final 15 days of the regular season. ... Dallas rookie RW Alex Chiasson did not make the trip. He suffered an anxiety attack connected with Peverley's heart event on Monday night. "He was really shaken up," Ruff said.

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