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The remainder of Monday's Columbus Blue Jackets-Dallas Stars game was postponed after Dallas' Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench because of a cardiac event during the first period.
The league said he was doing well and was in stable condition.
Stars players began calling for a paramedic with 6 minutes, 23 seconds gone in the game, and Peverley, 31, was rushed off the bench. He had just returned from a shift.
"When he dropped, it was red alert," coach Lindy Ruff told news reporters after the game. "Don't worry about the game. Don't worry about anything else. Just turn around and scream for a doctor."
Peverley was given oxygen and chest compressions and regained consciousness after one shock from a defibrillator.
Peverley missed training camp with an irregular heartbeat and had a corrective procedure done.
"He was able to tell me where he was, and he actually wanted to get back in the game," physician Gil Salazar said of his conversation with Peverley on the way to the hospital.
The NHL said the game was halted because of the emotional state of the players on both teams. It will be made up later.
Monday's situation was similar to what happened to Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer. He collapsed on the bench in a November 2005 game against the Nashville Predators and was revived by CPR and a defibrillator. That game was postponed.
Suspension for punch: The NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan for one game for a sucker punch.
The incident occurred late in the second period Sunday after Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu cross-checked Drew Doughty.
"It's important to note that not only are Joensuu's arms tied up by the linesman but that the scrum has essentially ended when Nolan decides to throw this punch," the NHL's department of player safety said.
Nolan forfeits $3,589.74 in pay.