DALLAS – When the pounding of their sticks on the boards didn’t get the attention of the officials, Dallas Stars players jumped off the bench and onto the ice while the game was going on.
Their teammate, Rich Peverley, had collapsed, and Stars coach Lindy Ruff was among those trying frantically to carry him into a nearby tunnel.
After the game stopped and the chaotic scene played out, Peverley was stabilized, transported to a hospital and in stable condition Monday night.
But for several anxious minutes on the ice, the Stars stood in stunned silence, clearly in distress, unsure what had happened to a player about six months removed from undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.
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“When he dropped, it was red alert,” Ruff said after the game between Dallas and Columbus was postponed with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 in the first period. “Don’t worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors. The players don’t want to play, and I don’t want to coach the team right now.”
Play was halted at 6:23, and the postponement was announced about 30 minutes later.
Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospitals said Peverley was treated “successfully” for a cardiac event at American Airlines Center.
“We provided oxygen for him,” Salazar said. “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.”
Many in the hushed crowd lingered long after the postponement was announced “as a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency.”
The NHL didn’t say when the game would be rescheduled.
Peverley, 31, missed the exhibition season and the season opener because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed in a training-camp physical.
Islanders rally past Canucks
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Matt Martin scored the winner in the Islanders’ seven-goal third period, and New York erased a three-goal deficit to beat Vancouver 7-4.
“I’m blown away, I can’t (explain it),” Canucks center Ryan Kesler told The Vancouver Sun. “Seven goals in the third period, two points that we need, giving up a 3-0 lead. … It’s the National Hockey League. It can’t happen.”
The Canucks are 2-11-1 in their last 14 games.
Martin made the score 5-4 at 10:04 of the third for the Islanders, who tied the team record for goals in a period set in 1978.
Kesler, Chris Higgins, Henrik Sedin and Chris Tanev scored for Vancouver, which was outshot 15-5 in the third period.
Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack made 21 saves.