Stars refocus as Jamie Benn's OT goal leads way vs. NHL-best Blues


ST. LOUIS -- Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff fired off a text to Rich Peverley right after Tuesday night's game at Scottrade Center, saying the Stars had beaten the top team in the NHL, the St. Louis Blues.

A text came right back onto Ruff's smartphone from Peverley and read simply, "Keep rolling, and we'll see you tomorrow."

The Stars put aside the scary events of Monday night -- Peverley collapsing on the Stars' bench at American Airlines Center and needing life-saving medical treatment -- and they beat the Blues 3-2 in overtime.

Jamie Benn scored the game winner with 1:18 left in overtime, sniping a shot over Ryan Miller's glove on assists from Trevor Daley and Tyler Seguin.

Benn and Seguin were on either side of linemate Peverley after they came off on a line change when Peverley collapsed Monday night.

"Last night was a scary situation; today's a new day," said Benn, the Stars' captain. "We were thinking about Rich back home, but I thought we did a great job getting mentally ready for this game. We're still in a playoff hunt, a good playoff push. We found a way to get two points."

The victory was the Stars' third in a row and their eighth in 11 games in which they've gone 8-2-1. They're 32-23-10 for 74 points, in eighth in the Western Conference in the second and final wild-card playoff spot.

The Blues dropped to 44-14-7 for 95 points, first by two points over Anaheim in the NHL standings.

Putting aside the traumatic events "wasn't easy," Benn said. Another teammate, Alex Chiasson, was so emotionally distraught by the events of Monday that he was hospitalized that night rather than traveling to St. Louis. Still, the Stars were able to focus in on the game, well fought throughout.

"It hit our guys pretty good last night," Benn said. "I thought we did a job in coming in here and getting two points in a tough building."

In addition to scoring the winner, Benn sprung Antoine Roussel for his breakaway goal in the second period. Colton Sceviour, one of two players called up from the AHL Texas Stars to fill out the roster Tuesday, scored the other goal.

The incident hit Sceviour as well, and he was only watching the game on television.

"You never know what to expect in this situation," he said. "There's not a page in a book about how to handle a situation like this. The fact that he texted a lot of guys and told them he was doing well, the fact he was stable, helped guys put that aside for a couple hours and focus on hockey for a little bit. That was huge."

Goalie Tim Thomas finished with 28 saves for his second win in a Stars uniform. Thomas watched Benn's winner unfold from the other end of the ice.

"When I saw the puck come to Jamie there, I was like, 'Bury it,' and he put it top shelf ," Thomas said. "Awesome job."

Thomas has been with the Stars only a week, having arrived at the trade deadline from Florida. He played his first game Saturday when Kari Lehtonen suffered a concussion and had the abbreviated start Monday before finally playing a full game -- and then some -- Tuesday.

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