Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen sees an NHL shootout as a game of chance - and likes the odds with Mike Ribeiro and Loui Eriksson on his team.
Ribeiro beat Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith with the final shot of the first shootout round, giving Dallas a 2-1 victory Monday night. Eriksson's first goal of the season tied the game with 28 seconds remaining in regulation and he scored on Dallas' first shootout attempt.
The shootout remained 1-0 until the last of the Coyotes' three attempts, when Shane Doan's shot deflected off Lehtonen and into the top of the net. Ribeiro followed with a shot under Smith's right arm.
''It's like roulette,'' Lehtonen said of the shootout. ''You get black or red, you have 50-50 odds and you have to be happy when you get the win. It's also nice to have guys like Loui and Ribby who are really skilled and usually they score, and that makes it easier for me.''
In the third period, Eriksson had deflected Sheldon Souray's drive from the left point over Smith's ...