Penguins start fast en route to beating Capitals

The Associated Press /

Published Mar 11, 2014 at 12:01AM

Jackets-Stars postponed when Player falls ill

DALLAS — The game between Dallas and Columbus was postponed by the NHL on Monday night after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench during the first period.

Play was halted 6:23 in as Peverley was quickly carried from the bench. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious and taken to a hospital.

“We treated (Peverley) for a cardiac event successfully,” Dr. Gil Salazar said. “As soon as we treated him, he regained consciousness. He was able to tell me where he was.”

There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up. Columbus was leading 1-0.

“Dallas player Rich Peverley is doing well and is in stable condition,” the NHL said in a statement. “He has been transported to the hospital. As a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency, the game is being postponed. We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank the fans.”

Peverley missed the preseason and the season opener because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical. He made his Stars debut on Oct. 5 against Washington.

— The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Sidney Crosby had a hand in both early goals as Pittsburgh converted on two of its first three shots Monday night, Chris Kunitz scored twice, and the Penguins beat Alex Ovechkin’s struggling Washington Capitals 3-2.

Crosby finished with his 30th goal and two assists to raise his NHL-leading point total to 87, matching his uniform number. The Penguins beat Washington for the seventh consecutive time and overtook idle Boston for the Eastern Conference’s best record.

The Capitals have lost four of their past five games.

Also on Monday:

Predators 4, Senators 3: OTTAWA, Ontario — Seth Jones scored at 3:49 of overtime and Nashville defeated Ottawa.

Coyotes 4, Lightning 3: TAMPA, Fla. — Radim Vrbata scored the lone shootout goal to lead Phoenix past Tampa Bay.

Maple Leafs 3, Ducks 1: ANAHEIM, Calif. — Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and two assists, and Toronto celebrated coach Randy Carlyle’s return to Anaheim with a victory over the Ducks.

Avalanche 3, Jets 2: DENVER — Matt Duchene scored 2:33 into overtime, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 33 shots to lift Colorado to a win over Winnipeg.

Kings 3, Flames 2: CALGARY, Alberta — Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist to lead Los Angeles to its eighth straight win.

Islanders 7, Canucks 4: VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Matt Martin scored the winner in the Islanders’ seven-goal third period, and New York erased a three-goal deficit in the final frame to beat Vancouver.