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Wilderness Walk: Richard Peverley/Game-Day Edition

Tonight the Wild look to stop the bleeding against the Edmonton Oilers, but that doesn't really matter. It's just a game folks.

Richard Peverley
Richard Peverley
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Last night the hockey world was reminded that it's just a game, and that life can be a very fragile thing. Rich Peverley is playing in his first season with the Dallas Stars, he was part of the trade that sent him along with Tyler Seguin from the Boston Bruins to the Stars for Loui Eriksson prior to the start of this season.

With having played just over 6 minutes into the first period in Dallas last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Peverley would collapse on the Stars bench and become unresponsive. Players jumped off the bench desperately trying to get the officials attention to put a stop to the game as the Stars training staff jumped into high gear to get Peverley the help he desperately needed.

Peverley missed some time at the beginning of this season while he was being treated for an irregular heartbeat which he was diagnosed with this past fall. Big stick-tap to the Stars training staff as well as the first responders whom got him off the bench and were able to get the situation under control. Their reaction to critical situations like these leaves me in complete awe. They do amazing work in horrible situations.

As news came across my twitter feed of the events transpiring in Dallas, and upon learning of Peverley's medical history, I could not help but be reminded of Sergei Zholtok, and how similar his situation was to Peverley's. Unfortunately, Zholtok would not recover just over 9 years ago in Belarus while playing for his team HK Riga along with Wild Assistant Coach Darby Hendrickson during the 2004-2005 lockout.

Last nights game in Dallas would be postponed, with the remainder of it to be made up at an undetermined later date. The hockey world came together to offer up their thoughts and prayers to the Stars organization and the Peverley family. It goes to show you, that although we fight, on and off the ice, post annoying gifs in other teams blogs and can generally be unpleasant towards one another at times, the hockey world tends to come together in times like these to show strength through support for those affected by tragedy.

Doctors and Jim Lites did address the media last night after Peverley was transported to the hospital and was stable and receiving treatment.

In other news that doesn't really matter, the Minnesota Wild take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight at the X. Darcy Kuemper will likely be between the pipes tonight as the Wild look to get off their two-game skid and get back to their winning ways.

Wild News

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A beautiful break down of what leads up to Matt Moulson putting the puck in the net.

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A broader look at how aggressive play can be detrimental for goalies, and how no player crashes the net with the preconceived notion of hurting anyone.

Richard Peverley

Dallas Stars Game Against Columbus Blue Jackets Postponed After Rich Peverley Collapses on Bench - Defending Big D
The Stars winger collapsed early in the first period.

Rich Peverley of Dallas Stars collapses on bench; NHL postpones game | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
A very scary situation went down in Dallas last night. Stick tap to the first responders who were immediately on top of the situation.

Off the Trail

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5 changes that should come out of this week’s GM meetings | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
You forgot to get rid of the goalie trapezoid, otherwise these all seem like no-brainers to me. Hadn't thought much about adjusting faceoffs, but I like where he's taking that. No penalties for getting tossed though. There would always be somebody in the box then.

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I watched it, so you must suffer too!

Diggin for Oil

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A familiar tune being sung in Edmonton.

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Viktor Fasth is ready to make his Edmonton Oilers debut.

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