Should Dallas be worried about its ‘Zoolander’ defense?

The Dallas Stars revamped their offense and have No. 1 goalie Kari Lehtonen locked up for some time, which only seems to shine a brighter light on what’s believed to be their biggest weakness: team defense. The Stars front office seems confident that they’ll improve from within after a quiet offseason in that area (but, again, certainly not on offense). The team’s website...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Stars putting their hopes in Lehtonen

The Dallas Stars have high aspirations for this season, but whether or not they can actually succeed in being a serious Stanley Cup contender will be largely dependent on their goaltending. The Stars defense doesn’t look like a Cup-caliber group, so they’ll need goaltender Kari Lehtonen to help pick up the slack. Is he up for the challenge though? Well, there’s two obvious...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Offseason Winners: The Dallas Stars

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports So far this NHL offseason has been most eventful, featuring blockbuster deals and important free agency signings that have either propelled teams closer to their goal of winning the Stanley Cup, or pushed teams further away given the losses they have experienced. Over the course of the next two weeks, I plan on exploring the biggest winners and losers...
Via The Sideline
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Lightning re-sign defenseman Andrej Sustr

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed defenseman Andrej Sustr to a one-year, one-way contract, the team announced today. Sustr, 23, skated in 43 games last season with the Lightning, earning one goal, seven assists and 16 PIM while averaging 15:48 of ice time. His first career NHL goal came against goaltender Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas Stars on April 5 at the Tampa Bay Times...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

What is the Dallas Stars' answer at goalie behind Kari Lehtonen?

Studying each team’s goaltenders in the playoffs reveals a few examples to follow. So should the Stars be keeping tabs? With Kari Lehtonen having four years left at an average salary of $5.9 million — making him the team’s highest-paid player — there seems little that can be changed at the top of the netminding ladder in Dallas. But how they manage Lehtonen? Now, that can...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Series recap: Ducks stun the Stars

If this series was going to be “stunning,” many thought it would come from Stars beating the top-seed Ducks. But not so fast. If ever a series was about one deciding game, this would be it. The Stars were up in Game 6, thinking they were going to Game 7, and then it was over. Just like that, the Ducks flexed their muscles and destroyed the Stars’ playoff hopes. Here is the...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

(Video) Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry snows the Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen

Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry being Corey Perry. Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen handled it well, he just skated over to the player's bench and toweled off.Classic Corey Perry pic.twitter.com/LLdpxfLY5c— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 28, 2014
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April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks lose game 3, Robidas out for playoffs

Last night the Ducks visited Dallas for their first road game of the playoffs and lost 3-0, and not for lack of opportunity. The Ducks had 37 shots and multiple chances, but Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen who was fantastic in the outing. The Ducks had their opportunities, especially on the powerplay, but were unable to capitalize on any of them. And to make matters even worse, the Ducks...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Shuts Out Ducks 3-0

You knew there wasn’t going to be a four game sweep in this series, didn’t you?  If not, you haven’t been paying attention. Monday night, when the series between the Ducks and Stars moved to Dallas, the Stars got a 3-0 shutout.  The series is now 2-1, in favor of Anaheim. A huge part of that shutout was goaltender Kari Lehtonen, who had not won a previous playoff game, much...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL takeaways: Goalies take back spotlight with 3 shutouts

Monday night belonged to Finns and goalies. Pittsburgh's Jussi Jokinen and Minnesota's Mikael Granlund scored game-winning goals for their respective teams, while Finnish Olympic teammate Kari Lehtonen posted one of three shutouts to restore some order to what had been an unusually high-scoring postseason. Entering Monday's action, scoring was up by almost two goals per...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Lehtonen, Stars win 3-0 in Game 3 over Ducks

Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years. Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score late in the first period, and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal for the Stars in Game 3 of the best-of-seven...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Ducks can't solve Kari Lehtonen in 3-0 loss

DALLAS (AP) -- Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years. Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score late in the first period, and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal for the Stars in Game 3 of...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Kari Lehtonen Can Once Again Prove Doubters Wrong

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Lehtonen last was in the postseason in 2007 as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. Just 23 at the time, he had helped the Thrashers make the playoffs for the first time by forging a 34-24-9 record. In the opening game against the New York Rangers, he lost a 4-2 contest and was replaced by Johan Hedberg in Game 2. In Game 3, he returned...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Western Conference won't win the Stanley Cup

The Western Conference has been labeled the more difficult of the two conferences in 2013-14. That point is certainly debatable, but several of the league’s top teams call the Western Conference home. Will this regular season success translate into a Stanley Cup for one of these Western teams? We’re not so sure. Here are eight reasons (one for each playoff team) why a representative...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues blanked by Stars 3-0

DALLAS -- Trevor Daley had a goal and an assist, Kari Lehtonen recorded his fifth shutout of the season, and the Dallas Stars clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 with a 3-0 victory against the St. Louis Blues on Friday night. The Stars missed the postseason a franchise-record five straight seasons after never going more than one without a playoff trip since moving to Dallas...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars' depth shines again, leads to key standings-gaining victory over Blues

In their pursuit of a playoff spot, the Stars are probably going to have a few extraordinary nights. Saturday was one of those. The Stars got two goals from rookie forward Colton Sceviour, received a stand-up performance from goalie Kari Lehtonen on the second night of a back-to-back and became the first team to win in regulation in St. Louis in two months. Dallas took a 4-2 victory...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues fall one point behind first in NHL with 4-2 loss to Stars

ST. LOUIS -- The Dallas Stars are trying to make a late playoff push. Against a team battling for first place overall in the league, the Stars stepped up their game. Colton Sceviour got the first two goals and Antoine Roussel scored on a breakaway in the third period to give the Stars a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night. "This was a huge test for us,"...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets-Stars Preview

If the Dallas Stars are going to reach the playoffs, Kari Lehtonen figures to play a major role.
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Stars: Rich Peverley undergoes successful heart surgery

Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said Wednesday that forward Rich Peverley had surgery Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic to correct an abnormal heart rhythm. “Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18,” Nill said in a statement. “He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from...
Via Sports-Glory
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Kari Lehtonen close to returning, but not ready for Sunday

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (concussion) continued to practice Saturday and said he is feeling closer to normal. He will travel with the team to Winnipeg, but is not expected to play on Sunday. In addition, Cristopher Nilstorp also will travel with the team, keeping Lehtonen as the third goalie. “He’s coming on the trip with us, but when he’ll be ready to play is yet to be...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rich Peverley in stable condition after collapsing during Stars-Blue Jackets game

Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is in stable condition at a Dallas hospital after collapsing on the bench during Monday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center. “We successfully treated him for a cardiac event with standard therapy,” said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Emergency Medicine. “We provide oxygen for him. We started...
Via Sports-Glory
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

UPDATE: Dallas Star's Kari Lehtonen 'not doing well' after last night's collision, listed as day-to-day

After last night's Dallas Stars 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild, Stars coach Lindy Ruff was upset about the hit that took his star goaltender out of the game at 6:37 of the third period. The Wild's Erik Haula came barreling over Lehtonen, causing the goaltender to lose his helmet and fall backwards, hitting the back of his head against the crossbar. Lehtonen immediately left...
Via Sports Injury Alert
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Stars rally in third to beat Wild, 4-3

The Dallas Stars got a huge lift from Tim Thomas after a big hit knocked Kari Lehtonen out of the game. Erik Cole scored on a breakaway with 4:49 to play, and the Stars rallied to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Saturday night. Lehtonen injured his head in a collision with the Wild's Erik Haula at 6:37 of the third period. Haula was given a major penalty for charging — Lehtonen...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Video-  Kari Lehtonen Suffers A Head Injury Due To Hit From Erik Haula

Erik Haula of the Minnesota Wild received 5 for charging and a game misconduct for this collision/hit on Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Both coaches post-game reaction below... Continue reading "Video-  Kari Lehtonen Suffers A Head Injury Due To Hit From Erik Haula"
Via Kukla's Korner
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Watch: Mike Modano’s number retired by Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars retired Mike Modano’s No. 9 on Saturday night before beating the Minnesota Wild 4-3. Modano retired as the most productive American-born player in the history of the NHL in 2011. His 561 goals and 1,374 points are the most by any U.S. born player in the league. Modano was joined by his family and many former Stars teammates.  Also at the arena were several...
Via Sports-Glory
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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