Stars forward Rich Peverley attended Friday night’s game against the Flames and received a big ovation when shown on the video screen at American Airlines Center during the first TV timeout.
“It was awesome,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “The crowd gave him a great ovation there. You probably had 20 smiling faces on the bench there.”
Peverley, who watched the game from a suite, was shown on the video screen as the UT Southwestern Medical staff was being recognized for its efforts in saving Peverley’s life when he collapsed due to a cardiac event in Monday night’s game against Columbus at the AAC.
Peverley, who will undergo a season-ending heart procedure soon, is scheduled to travel Sunday to Cleveland, where he will meet with doctors on Monday.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff provided another update on Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who has been out since last Saturday with a concussion.
“He’s better, he’s going to practice. Not quite ready to get back into action but I could see early next week his being ready to play,” Ruff said.
Center Cody Eakin, who missed Friday’s game with a lower body injury, is day to day. Shawn Horcoff who missed the game with an upper body injury is expected to be “a little bit of time,” according to Ruff.
*The Stars are now 5-11 in games that have been settled beyond regulation. They are 3-5 in shootouts and 2-6 in four-on-four overtime.
*The Stars failed to win for just the fourth time in 26 games when leading after two periods (22-1-3).
*The Stars did not get a power play in a game for the first time this season.
*The Stars were 0-1 on the penalty kill.
*Stars captain Jamie Benn extended his goal scoring streak to four games and his points streak to six games (four goals – five assists – nine points).
*Stars forward Tyler Seguin picked up his 39th assist and 68th point of the season, both new career highs.
*Stars forward Travis Morin picked up an assist in the game, his first NHL point.
*The Stars won 35 of 64 (55 percent) faceoffs in the game. Vernon Fiddler won 13 of 22. Chris Mueller won 7 of 9. Morin won 6 of 15.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin
Erik Cole – Travis Morin – Colton Sceviour
Antione Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Alex Chiasson
Ray Whitney – Chris Mueller – Ryan Garbutt
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Injured: Kari Lehtonen (concussion), Cody Eakin (lower body), Shawn Horcoff (upper body), Rich Peverley (heart)
Scratched: Aaron Rome
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