What a game. From the help of the fans to the action on ice, the Stars made sure they were firing on all cylinders Monday night and turned this series back into a fight. Just from sitting in the AAC, you could tell how much the fans were willing to give to help the Stars win.
Though their offense did average (got outshot but still made most of chances) and their defense okay, one man proved to be the sole factor in their ability to cut the Ducks series lead in half. This would be the beefed up guy from Helsinki, Finland, Kari Lehtonen.
Lehtonen found a way last night and pulled out every trick he had to claim a win for his squad and his first ever Stanley Cup Playoffs shutout (37 shots just in case you didn’t already know)! He was unstoppable between the pipes no matter what the Ducks threw at him. An especially great save was made during a Ducks PP with just under 17 minutes left in the second, where Dallas held the 1-0 lead:
Kari was lights out for the first time this series and many are wondering, will it continue?
The most likely answer is yes. That was a major confidence boost for Kari taking the shutout in front of 19,000 fans cheering his name. He looks as though he’s back on track. And we will need him badly through the next 4 games. The offense didn’t seem to show up as they had in Game 2 but at least converted on their chances. But this can’t go on forever. 37 of 37 is fantastic but it won’t hold like that the rest of the series. We need him to continue to be the brick wall he is and have the offense step up and offer a helping hand.
If Kari can finish the series like last night, I like the Stars in 6. If not, bad times ahead. Great game Kari lets see it again tomorrow. Go Stars!!!