Everything that happened in the NHL on Monday night will be taking a backseat to what happened in the first period in Dallas when Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the bench and needed medical attention for a cardiac event.
Pretty much every team in the league sent along their well-wishes to Peverley as he was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
The NHL postponed the remainder of that game and will make it up at a date that has yet to be determined.
Elsewhere around the league, the Washington Capitals lost Evgeny Kuznetsov's debut to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Vancouver Canucks seemed to hit rock bottom by allowing seven third period goals to the New York Islanders, and the Toronto Maple Leafs opened up their west coast road trip with an impressive 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks thanks to a three-point night from Phil Kessel.
All the NHL Scores
Penguins 3, Capitals 2
Avalanche 3, Jets 2
Kings 3, Flame 2
Islanders 7, Canucks 4
Maple Leafs 3, Ducks 1
Stars, Blue Jackets -- postponed
On Monday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.
1. What will Evgeny Kuznetsov do in his Washington Capitals debut?
He didn't factor into the scoring in the Capitals' 3-2 loss, but he didn't seem to be out of place on his few shifts. The Capitals kept him to just 10 minutes of ice-time but he finished with two shots on goal while the Capitals attempted nine of the 13 shot attempts with him on the ice. It was good start, even if the Capitals didn't get the result on the scoreboard.
2. Will Nathan MacKinnon start a new scoring streak?
It looked like he was going to when he was initially credited for Colorado's first goal, but it was later changed to John Mitchell after it was determined that MacKinnon did not touch the puck on its way into the net. He did not factor into any of the scoring in the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime win. He has now been held without a point in two straight games after recording at least one point 13 straight, breaking Wayne Gretzky's record for longest point streak by an 18-year-old.
3. Will the Kings extend their winning streak to eight?
They sure did, but they made it a little difficult for themselves in the third period. After racing out to a 3-0 lead the Kings allowed Calgary to score a pair of goals late before holding on to extend their winning streak to eight games as they continue to hit their stride for the stretch run.
4. How will Ales Hemsky follow up his three-assist game for Ottawa?
With yet another three-point game. Ottawa overcame a 3-0 deficit with just 12 minutes to play to force overtime with Hemsky assisting on all three goals. He now has six points (all assists) in three games with the Senators. Unfortunately for Ottawa, it didn't result in a win as a Chris Phillips turnover in overtime (on what started as an outstanding shift between Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza and Hemsky) led to a Seth Jones game-winning goal for Nashville. The Senators also lost defenseman Cody Ceci in this game when he was hit in the head by a Shea Weber slapshot.
5. How many points for Tyler Seguin?
The game was postponed after seven minutes due to the unfortunate situation regarding Rich Peverley. The Blue Jackets were winning 1-0 at the time.
The one play or moment from Monday that is going to be making headlines over the next couple of days.
The health and well-being of Peverley is going to be the focus of the NHL in the coming days after he collapsed on the bench in the first period. He was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition. The NHL hasn't seen anything like this since former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer had a similar issue during a game back in 2005.
Stat of the Night
With his three-point night against the Washington Capitals on Monday, Sidney Crosby now has a 14-point lead over Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the No. 2 scorer in the NHL. How big is that gap? Just consider that Kessel -- again, the second leading scorer -- currently has a 14-point lead over the 22nd leading scorer in the NHL. That's a pretty big lead.
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