Posted March 31, 2012 on
AP on Fox
With another disheartening loss, the Dallas Stars dropped out of the Pacific Division lead and toward the bottom of the Western Conference playoff picture.
The San Jose Sharks experienced a similar feeling earlier in the week.
The wild race for the Pacific title gets more interesting as the slumping teams begin a crucial home-and-home series Saturday night at HP Pavilion.
Dallas entered Friday atop the Pacific, but its 5-2 loss at Vancouver and Los Angeles' 4-1 win at Edmonton gave the Kings the division lead and sent the Stars (42-31-5) into a tie with Phoenix for the West's final two playoff spots.
Dallas has lost three of its last four on the road and five of eight overall.
"It puts a little bit more pressure on (Saturday's game)," captain Brenden Morrow told the team's official website. "They only get bigger after that. It puts more pressure on these next games. As hard as it is after a 5-2 loss you have to try and find something positive beca...
BEST OF MAXIM
Kari Lehtonen tried to do the right thing during warmups of Friday night's Canucks-Stars game. The problem was, one fan wouldn't let him. Lehtonen tried to toss a towel to a fan whose nose was bleeding after apparently getting hit in the face by a puck. However, another fan, carrying a "Kari for Vezina" sign, thought the gift was meant for her and grabbed it from...
The Dallas Stars were in Vancouver last night and for some reason there seemed to be an inordinate amount of Stars’ jersey chasers hanging on the glass during warmups. And one backwards hat bro. Of course some Stars fatty was holding a sign for goalie Kari Lehtonen. One thing led to another and Kari launched a puck in the fatty’s direction. The bad part? Kari drilled the dude...
The Stars played the Canucks in Vancouver on Friday, and during pre-game warmups a Stars’ fan suffered a stitches-worthy injury at the hands of Kari Lehtonen.
Lehtonen haphazardly hit the puck towards a fan wearing a Steve Ott jersey and ended up hitting him in the nose. Lehtonen noticed, took a towel and tossed it over the boards.
He also gave the man a stick for his troubles...
During pregame warmups before Friday night's NHL game in Vancouver, Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen accidentally hit a Stars fan in the face with a flying puck, setting off a hilarious chain of events to follow.
The video of the incident starts off by showing a male and female Stars fan in the front row. Note the female fan is obviously a big Lehtonen fan as she holds...
Last night in Vancouver, two Dallas Stars fans were watching warmups. One of the fans (a woman) was holding a sign that read 'Kari 4 Vezina.' The other fan (a man) was taking an accidental puck to...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
Dallas Stars (42-30-5, 89 pts) @ Vancouver Canucks (47-21-9, 103 pts)
9:00 PM CT, March 30, 2012
Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Here we are, one week left in the season and the most critical stretch of games still to come. The Stars are still clinging to their Pacific Division lead (and playoff spot) only due to tiebreakers now. Only one point separates...
Friday Night Full of Stars
The Vancouver Canucks recent schedule has allowed them to play kingmaker in the race for the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.
A run of games against Dallas, Colorado, and Los Angeles has helped the Canucks not only effectively eliminate the Avalanche from the race but also helped give the team a week long litmus test to see how they measure...