This isn’t the first time Overhardt has defended Kesler publicly.
In May, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault opined that Kesler’s shoulder injury had nothing to do with the center’s fall-off in production last season compared to the previous one. To which Overhardt said Vigneault “must have fallen off a turnip truck.”
In August, Vancouver GM Mike Gillis stated during a radio interview that Kesler was ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. To which Overhardt said: “[Kesler’s] not ahead of schedule and there’s no rushing him back.”
All three incidents, if you want to call them that, are unrelated, but you have to wonder if Kesler’s feeling a little bit picked on these days.
On Thursday, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa – who was part of the panel that met in August to discuss issues like embellishment – said he didn’t know why Kesler’s name appeared in the TSN report.
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.