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Friday, March 14th (All times Eastern)

Calgary Flames (26-33-7) at Dallas Stars (32-23-10), 8:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - One day after watching one of their teammates go through a life-threatening experience, the Dallas Stars regrouped for an emotional win over the best team in the NHL.

The Stars hope to win another one for Rich Peverley when they take aim at fourth straight victory overall in Friday's home test against the Calgary Flames.

Peverley collapsed shortly after completing a shift in the first period of Monday's scheduled home game against Columbus. That contest was ultimately postponed after Peverley was successfully treated for a "cardiac event" and sent to a local hospital.

The 31-year-old forward was released from the hospital on Wednesday when it was also announced Peverley will miss the rest of the season. Peverley had a procedure performed during the preseason to correct an irregular heartbeat and will undergo another operation to deal with the issue in the near future.

Peverley, who was acquired from Boston last summer in the trade that brought Tyler Seguin to Dallas, is fourth on the Stars this season with 30 points on seven goals and 23 assists.

Captain Jamie Benn stepped up to help the Stars win Tuesday in their first game without Peverley. Benn buried the game winner 3:42 into overtime, as Dallas secured a 3-2 road victory over the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues, who had won five straight heading into the game.

Every win is big for Dallas at this stage. The club is holding on to the second wild card spot in the Western Conference at the moment, but the Stars are only one point ahead of Phoenix for that distinction. Dallas does hold two games in hand over the Coyotes and will try to use one of them to its advantage on Friday.

Dallas rebounded from the Peverley incident to collect their third straight win. Colton Sceviour and Antoine Roussel added regulation goals and Tim Thomas made 28 saves to record the win.

"I told them that you can look for a reason to lose or you can find a way to win," Dallas head coach Lindy Ruff said of getting his guys mentally ready less than 24 hours after Monday's incident. "I said we need to find a way to win and we need to win it for a couple of our teammates."

With No. 1 netminder Kari Lehtonen sidelined with a head injury, Thomas expects to start again on Friday. Thomas was acquired in a trade with Florida before the trade deadline and the 39-year-old veteran is 2-1-1 with a 1.72 goals against average in four career games against Calgary.

Dallas has won three straight and five of its last six home games and is 18-10-6 as the host this season.

The Stars are 2-0 against the Flames this season and can complete the season sweep on Friday. Dallas has claimed three straight and six of the last nine meetings in this matchup overall and Calgary has dropped two in a row and four of five in Big D.

Calgary is 15 points out of a playoff spot in the West, but the Flames showed they aren't a team to be taken lightly when they slammed the visiting Anaheim Ducks by a 7-2 score on Wednesday.

Although Anaheim has been struggling lately, the Ducks still entered Wednesday's game as the top team in the Pacific Division only to get routed by the Flames.

Mikael Backlund scored twice and added an assist to lead Calgary in the surprising blowout victory. Mark Giordano notched a goal and an assist, while Mike Cammalleri, T.J. Galiardi and Ladislav Smid each scored once to help the Flames halt a brief two-game slide.

Corban Knight capped the scoring with his first NHL goal and Joni Ortio backstopped the victory with 20 saves.

"I thought that we just matched their intensity right from the start," Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said. "We caught a couple of breaks that we deserved because we created them. Two shorthanded goals, a power play goal, it was pretty fun to watch our guys go."

The Flames will try to halt a two-game road losing streak tonight in Dallas. Calgary is just 11-17-4 as the guest this season.

03/14 10:52:36 ET

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Scoreboard
NBA
Final
CLE 110
GSW 99
1st
PHO 17
OKC 5
 
Final
KNST 53
NKENTUCKY 78
 
Final
CITA 74
ETST 73
 
Final
GWEBB 91
CSOU 81
 
Final
VMI 82
CHAT 86
 
Final
BRY 77
CCST 69
 
Final
PBY 80
CCAR 69
 
Final
DREX 44
DEL 58
 
Final
UNCA 71
HIGH 75
 
Final
TEMPL 66
HOU 54
Final
EKENT 63
JVST 57
 
Final
WRST 58
UWMIL 61
 
Final
MSU 90
MINN 96
Final
RFLSH 63
MNTER 60
 
Final
OSU 81
NEB 57
Final
MAST 67
NEOM 73
 
Final
ELON 72
NE 65
 
Final
LIB 80
RAD 69
 
Final
FD 85
SHU 90
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 67
 
Final
LIU 69
Terriers 74
 
Final
TENN 65
VANDY 73
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 59
 
Final
FUR 53
WCU 49
 
Final
IUPUI 71
WILL 66
 
Final
CAMP 65
WINT 50
 
Final
MERC 72
WOFF 76
 
Final
APP 58
GSOUT 77
 
Final
UNT 81
CHAR 65
 
Final
MURST 65
EILL 57
 
Final
MARS 87
FIU 69
 
Final
WKENT 71
FATL 68
 
Final
ILLCH 67
UWGB 72
 
Final
ORU 74
NDST 58
 
Final
NDAK 75
NARZ 85
 
Final
RICE 54
ODU 63
 
Final
MON 60
RIDE 63
 
Final
PEAY 64
SIUE 61
 
Final
LATU 77
UTEP 60
Final
SMISS 70
TXSA 66
Final
TENST 52
TENNM 69
 
Final
CHIST 74
GRCN 70
 
Final
UMKC 69
WLVRN 50
 
Final
SALA 57
LAMON 75
 
Final
ARKST 81
TXARL 80
 
Final
ARKLR 92
UGST 83
 
Final
TXST 67
TROY 61
 
Final
COL 54
ARZ 82
 
2nd
PURD 80
RUTG 66
 
2nd
MEM 57
SMU 66
 
Final
NCOL 77
SUTAH 64
 
2nd
MORE 82
TENT 66
 
Final
EWASH 92
MNTST 68
 
Half
PORT 41
BYU 33
 
2nd
CSNO 37
CSFU 39
 
Half
IDAHO 24
MONT 33
 
2nd
SCU 19
PAC 22
 
2nd
UCSB 30
UCD 30
 
2nd
CPSL 30
UCI 42
 
1st
UTAH 17
ARST 7
 
11:00pm Tonight
STAN
ORST
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GONZ
SDU
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USF
GAELS
 
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HAW
LBSU
 
Final
NYR 4
ARI 3
Final
CLB 2
MON 5
Final
BUF 6
VAN 3
Final
FLA 0
CHI 3
Final
TOR 3
PHI 2
Final
WIN 1
STL 2
3rd
NAS 2
MIN 3
 
1st
SJS 1
DET 0
 
1st
LOS 0
OTT 0