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Stars lose 1st home game since Peverley's collapse

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 12:14 am •  Published: March 15, 2014
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DALLAS (AP) — Calgary's Mike Cammalleri had a different ending in mind on another emotional night for the Dallas Stars.

Cammalleri scored two goals, Corban Knight netted the winner in a shootout, and the Flames erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Stars 4-3 on Friday night.

It was the first home game for Dallas since forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench Monday because of an irregular heartbeat.

"It's kind of something that we've been doing pretty well as of late," Cammalleri said. "Whatever the score is coming into the third period and putting out all that we have and trying to keep going and stick with what we're trying to do. Sometimes you're rewarded."

The Stars blew a valuable point in their bid to hang on to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and they weren't happy about it. But the loss was secondary to another step toward getting back to the business of hockey.

The first was a 3-2 overtime win at St. Louis, the top team in the NHL, a night after Peverley's collapse. The second was seeing their teammate for the first time at practice Thursday.

And then came Friday, when he surprised them by showing up in the locker room before they returned to the bench four nights after he collapsed there early in a game against Columbus and had to be revived in a nearby tunnel. The game was postponed.

"It brings a smile to your face to see him here at the arena and around the guys," forward Erik Cole said. "Hopefully, it was good for him to be around the guys. We enjoyed seeing him and just to hang out with him."

The 31-year-old Peverley, who was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation in training camp, is out for the season. He will soon undergo a procedure designed to correct the condition.

Peverley got a standing ovation when he was shown on the video board, briefly waving from a suite but mostly clapping with a stoic look both times he was shown. A fan held a sign that said "Heart of a champion" with Peverley's No. 17 outlined in red by the shape of a heart.

One of the linesmen, Pierre Racicot, clapped at center ice while the crowd roared, and the Stars banged their sticks on the boards in front of the bench, a universal clapping sign in hockey.

They were doing the same thing Monday, but then it was a frantic attempt to get the attention of game officials after Peverley collapsed.

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