The tweet seems to have put McDonald in some hot water — “Some bitter caps fans out there? Thought you would want to see your player showcase his skill at ASG,” he tweeted — and it’ll be interesting to see if there’s any additional backlash. Being criticized publicly is one thing, but being publicly criticized by a peer (and fellow NHLPA member) is an entirely different ball of wax.
We saw something similar during the 2011 NFL playoffs when Chicago QB Jay Cutler left the NFC Championship with a knee injury and several of his peers — Lance Moore, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darnell Dockett most notably — openly derided him on Twitter. That incident drew the ire of Bears GM Jerry Angelo, who said he was “very disappointed” by the abuse Culter took and called the Twitter onslaught “dirty pool.”
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.