After blowing a lead in the third period, the Dallas Stars saw the Colorado Avalanche rally and defeat them 4-3 Wednesday night. Today, they went into the Staples Center to face the defending Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings. The Stars biggest player was goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who made some specular stops in the game. Lehtonen was key to helping his team stay around throughout the game, and woke them up in the second period when the Stars were looking tired and fatigued. Lehtonen’s 40-save performance was key to helping the Dallas Stars win tonight.
The Stars had a nice chance to go up 1-0 as Derek Roy passed the puck to Ray Whitney who was in front of a wide open net in the first period, but the puck didn’t connect. Kari Lehtonen was big during a few mental errors the Stars had on the penalty kill. When Alex Goligoski fumbled the puck at the offensive blue line, Lehtonene made a key save. Then before the period ended, Kyle Clifford launched into a breakaway after Jaromir Jagr gave the puck away. Clifford backhanded it, but Lehtonen came up big with the glove to keep the score at 0-0.
It was all Kari Lehtonen in the second period as he stopped shot after shot after shot. His right pad on Trevor Lewis after a miscue by Jordie Benn at the blue line held the game scoreless. The Stars had a chance on the power play off a shot from Trevor Daley, but Jonathan Quick grabbed the puck in the middle of the pile with his glove.
After that, the goal scoring started for the Stars as Jaromir Jagr got the first goal of the game. The goal came off his first shot of the night. It was a beauty of a backhand that passed Quick’s glove at the 6:34 mark of the third period, giving the Stars a 1-0 lead. After Jagr’s goal came a big play by Cody Eakin, who took took a big hit from Dustin Brown to get the puck up the ice. Eakin passed the puck to Alex Goligoski who then passed to Ray Whitney, who riffled the puck past Quick’s blocker side for a 2-0 lead at the 9:04 mark of the third period.
The next game for the Dallas Stars is at 7:00 p.m, Saturday night when they face the Colorado Avalanche for a rematch from Wednesday’s game at the American Airlines Center.
Stars: J. Jagr (06:34 mark-3rd), R. Whitney (09:04 mark-3rd),
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