DALLAS – One thing is for sure: Rich Peverley still cares about his former brothers in arms in Boston.
After the formal chat with the Bruins reporters, he asked how Dennis Seidenberg was doing after blowing out his knee and if Nathan Horton has had a chance to play his first game against the Bruins. The curiosities will end when the puck is dropped on Thursday night at the American Airlines Center, just as they were in Boston two months ago when he and Tyler Seguin scored shootout goals to pace the Stars to a gutsy road victory in Boston.
“It’s a little bit different,” said Peverley. “When I look back at [that win] in Boston, it wasn’t about being more rewarding for me. It was just about getting a good win in a hard building to play in. I had been on the other side playing there, so I know hard it is to win there. We were all happy with that.”
Peverley has five goals and 21 points for the Stars in 45 games for the Stars coming off some scary heart issues in training camp, and has once again been an effective face-off guy for the Stars. He’s also a veteran, seasoned player at this point with a younger leadership group like 24-year-old Jamie Benn and 21-year-old Tyler Seguin, so he takes more responsibilities on and off the ice.
“He’s been good. We’ve got a good veteran core that’s been through a lot of different situations, and [Peverley] has done a nice job,” said Dallas coach Lindy Ruff. “He’s been great on the face-offs for us.
“I think veteran players have been there and done that. He knows how to do things right. Those guys are always good to have in the room.”
It won’t take long for Bruins fans to remember what they’re missing in Peverley now that he’s moved on to Dallas: face-off mastery (though his 59.5 percent success rate and tutelage on draws hasn’t helped Seguin improve all that much at 40.7 percent) and speed to burn. While he didn’t admit to any extra motivation going into Thursday night against the team that traded him, expect his best on display when he suits up against the Black and Gold.