Its a moment that brings those painful memories all back. If you're on Twitter, right around 7PM CST, tweets came pouring in about the scary situation developing around Dallas' Rich Peverly who suddenly keeled over while sitting on the bench. The team's training staff and medical personnel immediately sprang to action where it was determined that Peverly was suffering from a cardiac event. With their immediate response, excellent training and access to proper technology they were able to save Peverly's life without too much difficulty. Peverly was taken to a hospital where he's considered to be in stable condition and the game was postponed. He had a procedure done over the summer to correct an irregular heartbeat. When he collapsed he was quickly taken to a nearby hallway that led from the team benches where he was defibulated, administered oxygen and his heart quickly returned to a normal rhythym. I doubt I was alone in immediately flashing back to when we heard news that Sergei Zholtok had collapsed in a similar condition while playing in a Russian league game in Belarus during the 2004 NHL Lockout. Yet there were no doctors at nearby to attend to him nor were there any defibulating equipment and Zholtok died in the arms of current Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson. The parallels between the two are downright eerie except the ultimate outcome. Like Peverly, Zholtok was had also been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in the months before his death, and both were 31 years old at the time of the incident. Zholtok's death was a big reason why just about any arena from the pro's on down to local rinks have portable defibulators on hand to address situations like this. Could you argue that Zholtok's tragedy saved Peverly's life?!?!
Another club that could use a tiny bit of revival is the Minnesota Wild after having lost its last two games against Dallas and St. Louis respectively. Fortunately for the Wild, the league's winning cure is coming to town in the Edmonton Oilers, the worst team in the Western Conference. Easy one right? Or is it the perfect set up for a trap game? Minnesota still holds a slight edge over its fellow Central Division and Western Conference wildcard peers but it really needs to come away with 2 points in this game. So will the Wild's winning woes be cured this evening or will Wild fans' nerves become a bit more frayed?
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