Rich Peverley was more of an afterthought in the summer blockbuster between the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins. Tyler Seguin was the name that fans of the Stars keyed on, and with good reason. He was the second-overall selection in 2010 and is primed to be a very special player in Dallas for a long while.
With 15 points in 16 games, Seguin has been every bit as good as advertised.
Lost in the shuffle along the way has been Peverley, who’s probably been better than Dallas expected him to be. He has eight points in 15 games for the Stars and has been rock solid in the faceoff circle for a team that was weak down the middle at this time last season.
You can’t teach a guy to be clutch though, and the Stars might have a new pressure performer in Peverley. He buried his former team in Boston in the shootout on Tuesday…
And managed to scorch the Detroit Red Wings with a shocking overtime game-winning goal last night.
That capped off a pretty remarkable week for Peverley. Scoring goals like that occasionally feels pretty good to be sure. But to be able to score big-time, big-moment goals like that twice in one week? The Stars may have received more than they realized in the secondary piece of the vaunted Seguin deal.
This isn’t the first time in his career that the center has shown off his clutch scoring abilities. He posted a whopping seven game-winning goals for the Atlanta Thrashers back in 2009-10. Peverley had score five the year before that.
After getting traded to the Bruins, he seemingly lost his clutch touch, but perhaps is rediscovering it with the Stars.