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NHL notebook: Stars' Peverley has surgery for heart defect

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 8:21 p.m.

Rich Peverley was released from an Ohio hospital after undergoing successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, just more than a week after the Stars forward collapsed on the bench during a game.

Stars general manager Jim Nill said Peverley was released from the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday.

Peverley, who is out for the season, is expected to return Thursday to Dallas. He will be monitored closely and might require further treatment.

“There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation,” Nill said.

The 31-year-old Peverley was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation before training camp in September and opted for less invasive treatment and medication so he could return sooner.

Peverley was out through the first game of the regular season before playing in 60 consecutive games.

Doctors said they changed Peverley's medication, and he returned for two more games before collapsing early in the first period against Columbus on March 10.

The game against the Blue Jackets was postponed with Columbus leading 1-0. It will be replayed April 9 from the beginning with the score 1-0.

• Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler will be out three to five weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee. He was hurt in the second period of a game in Colorado on March 14. Fowler is enjoying a breakout season, with six goals and 30 assists in 67 games.

• The Red Wings might have to make the playoffs and advance to get defenseman Jonathan Ericsson back. Ericsson had surgery on the middle finger of his left hand and is expected to be out four to six weeks. He broke his finger and tore a tendon in it during Tuesday's win over the Maple Leafs.

• Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad (Pine-Richland) missed Wednesday's game against the Blues in Chicago with an undisclosed upper-body injury, reported. The Blackhawks are hoping Saad, who also missed a 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers on Tuesday, can return for Friday's home game against the Hurricanes. Saad has 19 goals and 25 assists in 68 games.

• Canadiens forward prospect Tim Bozon continues to improve after being hospitalized for meningitis March 1. reported Bozon, 19, has begun moving around in bed and is trying to speak and feed himself. He spent 18 days in a medically induced coma. He was the 64th overall pick in the 2012 draft.

— Wire reports

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