Stars-Blue Jackets game called off after Dallas' Rich Peverley collapses

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DALLAS — The game between Dallas and the Columbus Blue Jackets was called off in the first period after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench.

Dallas players rush to the bench after Stars center Rich Peverley collapsed Monday.  SHARON ELLMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dallas players rush to the bench after Stars center Rich Peverley collapsed Monday.

Play was halted 6:23 into the game Monday night as Peverley was carried from the bench. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that Peverley, 31, was conscious and taken to the hospital.

“They’re shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that,” John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio. “They were shaken to the core.”

There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up. Columbus was leading 1-0.

Peverley missed the start of the season because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical.

PENGUINS: Sidney Crosby had a hand in both early goals and Pittsburgh converted on two of its first three shots, Chris Kunitz scored twice, and the Penguins beat Alex Ovechkin’s struggling Washington Capitals 3-2.

Crosby finished with his 30th goal and two assists to raise his NHL-leading point total to 87, matching his uniform number.

The Penguins beat Wash­ington for the seventh consecutive time and overtook idle Boston for the Eastern Conference’s best record.

The Capitals, who began the day outside of the playoff picture in 10th place in the East, have lost four of their past five games.

KINGS: The NHL suspended forward Jordan Nolan for one game for punching an Oilers forward.

Nolan will lose $3,589 in salary.

Late in the second period of the Kings’ 4-2 win at Edmonton on Sunday, Nolan punched Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the jaw in front of the Kings’ net. Joensuu’s arms were tied up by a linesman when he was struck by Nolan.

He missed the Kings’ game Monday night in Calgary.

AVALANCHE: Forward Paul Stastny missed Monday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets because of a balky 


Coach Patrick Roy said after the morning skate that he hopes Stastny can return to the lineup Wednesday against Chicago.

RED WINGS: Recalled center Cory Emmerton, 25, from the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.

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