We’ve made it a pretty good habit to have fun at Jason Spezza’s expense here since PHT has been around. After all, after dealing with an off-season where he came off looking like a guy who just wanted the fans to both get off his back and appreciate him more like a superstar, can get confusing and silly. When the guy is on the ice and playing well, however, he really is a treat to see in action.
Last night against the L.A. Kings and with the game deadlocked at 2-2, Spezza was able to dial up his speed and show off some slick stickhandling moves that we’re not used to seeing from him to both get by Kings defenseman Matt Greene and goalie Jon Quick. Spezza’s third period tally proved to be the game winner for the Senators even though there was some debate whether or not Ryan Smyth tied the game with three seconds left. Smyth’s goal didn’t count, so Spezza came away the hero of the night for Ottawa.
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Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.