Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Jackets vs. Stars postponed after Rich Peverley collapses on bench (VIDEO)

There was a frightening incident during Monday night's game between the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blue Jackets, as Stars center Rich Peverley collapsed on the team's bench, forcing the game to be postponed midway through the first period.

Stunned fans and players could only watch in silence as Peverley was carried down the tunnel without the use of a stretcher with the game stopped with 13:37 remaining the first period —and before the players were sent back to the dressing rooms.

Peverley spent 2:35 on the ice before collapsing.

A short time later, with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0, the game was officially postponed, with details regarding the makeup contest still unknown.

Fortunately, Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff provided some encouraging news before the team announced Peverley was taken to the hospital.

And according to the doctor, wanted to get back on the ice.

The 31-year-old Peverley underwent a procedure in September to fix an irregular heartbeat — which makes this incident even more frightening at first glance. 

Happily, Ruff reportedly told Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards that Peverley was talking and will be OK, according to Schmidt. It's good to hear some positive news following such a scary scene. 

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