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Charles Barkley and Paul Bissonnette talking about *that* Dallas Stars fan is TV gold

May 10, 2022

This past Saturday was one of the rare sports equinox days when not a minute goes by without a big-time event on the TV. It started with the NHL and NHL Playoffs, then the Kentucky Derby, then a massive boxing upset and a strong night of UFC bouts.

But the star of the day was not Rich Strike, the winning Derby horse who was an 80-1 longshot, nor was it Dmitry Bivol, who took down legendary Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez, nor was it Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson or Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby. No, the winner of the Saturday sports equinox was Natalie Gauvreau, that Dallas Stars fan who got a whole bunch of screen time behind Stars head coach Rick Bowness:

Gauvreau, you may recall, has been behind the Stars bench come playoff time before. Here she was a few years back directly behind ex-Stars coach Jim Montgomery:

So yeah, sitting behind the Stars bench during their biggest games of the year and going viral, and causing countless husbands nationwide to be banished to the couch for the evening, is sort of Gauvreau's thing. 

But it wasn't just the internet who was showing Gauvreau love. The NHL on TNT crew, which has taken after the NBA on TNT crew in letting it FLY, did make mention of it on Saturday night, and by NHL on TNT crew we mean Paul Bissonnette, obviously:

Fast forward to Monday night for Game 4 in Dallas, and somehow Bissonnette was not canceled by the internet and still had a job. Since TNT likes to play with fire, the NHL crew invited Charles Barkley in to talk some pucks, and the discusssion did not disappoint. Here's Barkley pleading with the broadcast to keep the camera on the Dallas bench, and Bissonnette taking it to a highly NSFW level:

When Barkley is at a loss for words, you know you may have gone too far. But that's what's made the NBA on TNT so great and hopefully will continue to make the NHL on TNT great. 

Unfortunately for the Stars, Gauvreau, their clear good luck charm, did not show up for Game 4, and Dallas got crushed 4-1 as a result. If Dallas wants to win the series, it might need to get Gauvreau behind the glass in Calgary for Game 5 Wednesday night.