- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - After the morning skate, captain Jamie Benn vowed that the Dallas Stars would play to honor ill teammate Rich Peverley.

With the forward following the Stars game against the St. Louis Blues from a hospital bed back in Dallas, Benn put his team over the top.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Peverley, who is sidelined because of a heart issue that caused him to collapse on the bench on Monday, was well aware his teammates beat the Blues 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday night.

“I texted him right after the game and he responded,” Ruff said. “He was happy. He said ‘Keep rolling.’ I just said at the end, ‘See you tomorrow.’”

Benn scored 3:42 into overtime to end the Blues‘ five-game winning streak. St. Louis is first overall in the NHL standings.

“Obviously, (Monday) night was a scary situation but today is a new day,” Benn said. “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 big playoff push and we found a way to get two points.”

Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Roman Polak ended lengthy goal droughts for the Blues, who lost for the first time in five games with new goalie Ryan Miller.

They might have run into an inspired team.

“You’ve got to give them credit. They’ve been through a lot in the last 24 hours,” Blues forward Steve Ott said. “It’s pretty honorable for them to come out and play like that.”

Colton Sceviour, one of two call-ups by the Stars with Peverley out indefinitely and teammate Alex Chiasson also hospitalized due to emotional distress after his teammate’s “cardiac event,” scored on a power play in the first period.

Miller robbed the other call-up, Chris Mueller, with a glove save from point-blank range with 2:16 to go in the third. But he couldn’t cross the crease in time to corral a shot from the right circle by Benn that gave Dallas its fourth win in five games.

“I kind of knew he got lost up there, but no one was on the back side the way the play developed,” Miller said. “I just didn’t get my whole body over in time.”

The Stars‘ home game against Columbus was postponed Monday night after Peverley fell ill. Peverley remained hospitalized in stable condition on Tuesday while undergoing tests.

“I told them, ‘You can look for a reason to lose or you can find a way to win,’” Ruff said. “I said we need to find a way to win and we need to win it for a couple of our teammates.”

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