By now, the whole sports world probably knows the name Rich Peverley from the Dallas Stars. The forward collapsed earlier in the week while sitting on the bench during a game with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Both the Stars and the Blue Jackets were so affected by the events of the night that the NHL postponed the game to a later date.
The Stars had to regroup and try to play a game the next night against the St. Louis Blues. It was a game in which they found a way to win despite the emotional roller coaster they were on. On Friday, the Stars welcomed the Calgary Flames to the American Airlines Center.
That’s not the only thing that was welcomed to the AAC on Friday. Peverley was in attendance as the Stars and Flames battled it out on the ice. Peverley was released from the hospital on Thursday. Even though it was announced that he won’t be playing hockey anymore this season, it was still good to see him in the building.
You could sense the crowd and even the players themselves were energized by knowing he was in the building. The Stars fed off the energy for most of the game as they built a 3-1 lead over Calgary. They ultimately lost the game in a shootout, but it was a game they earned a point in which is critical.
Dallas has gone through an emotional week, especially considering all the emotions that were running around as the Stars retired Mike Modano‘s jersey last Saturday. Take that with the emotions of Monday and the players have had to endure a lot this week. Battling through this could be what helps the Stars make the playoffs.