Battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars captured two vital points in a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild last night at the American Airlines Center. It was an emotional night in Big D, starting with pregame jersey retirement ceremony for Mike Modano and continuing through a third-period comeback on the heels of losing Kari Lehtonen...
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...
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"
DALLAS (AP) -- Erik Cole scored on a breakaway with 4:49 to play, and the Dallas Stars rallied to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Saturday night.
Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen was injured in a collision with the Wild's Erik Haula at 6:37 of the third period. Newly acquired goalie Tim Thomas earned the win in his Stars debut in relief.
Haula was given a major penalty for charging...
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...
Kari Lehtonen got hit hard against the Wild in tonight's game, forcing him to leave.Wild forward Erik Haula came barrelling through and ran over Lehtonen. His helmet flew off and his face was bloodied. Haula received a charging major and a 10-minute game misconduct for the transgression.The Stars were losing 3-2 when Lehtonen was forced to leave, but ended up winning the game...
On the night that Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano had his number retired, the Stars wanted to bring home a win for him. Unfortunately for the Stars, starting goalie Kari Lehtonen was injured during their effort after being headbutted by Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula and then hitting his head on the crossbar. Haula was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for this hit...
Tim Thomas made his Dallas Stars debut in Saturday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild when Kari Lehtonen suffered an injury in the third period, but he still looked a little bit like a Florida Panthers goaltender.
The 38-year-old veteran wore his Panthers pads and goalie mask, which along with his green Stars jersey, created an interesting mix of colors. Thomas was dealt to...
Tim Thomas has rarely been boring … or normal … or average — and he might be just what the Stars need right now
In making the veteran Florida Panthers netminder their only acquisition before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline, the Stars did much more than just swap backup goalies, they shook up one of the key areas of concern.
Yes, Kari Lehtonen is ensconced as the No. 1 goalie...
Dallas Stars acquire Stanley Cup Champ, Tim ThomasThe Dallas Stars have acquired Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Dan Ellis.
Tim Thomas heads to Texas. The #stars send Dan Ellis to #FlaPanthers to complete the deal.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 5, 2014
With Roberto Luongo being traded to Florida yesterday, this opened up a possibility for the Dallas...
Big Ben stood tall in Big D.
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop kept his cool despite seeing plenty of Stars around his crease trying to deliver knockout blows, but instead the netminder finished with 39 saves as Tampa Bay knocked off Dallas 4-2 in front of an announced crowd of 15,897 at American Airlines Center.
The Lightning won for just the third time in the past eight games while...
DALLAS (AP) -- Martin St. Louis scored two goals for the second consecutive game, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday afternoon.
The Lightning had lost five of their previous seven games.
Goalie Ben Bishop cooled off Dallas by making 39 saves for his 29th win.
Nate Thompson and Sami Salo also scored for Tampa Bay. Victor Hedman and Ondrej...
It was hard to know what kind of a game we were going to see coming out of a nearly three-week Olympic layoff for the Dallas Stars as the Carolina Hurricanes came a'calling.
Anything was possible. Like two shorthanded goals?
On a night when the notoriously stingy Hurricanes handed the Stars seven power play chances to the tune of nearly 13 minutes of clock, it was the exploits...
Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 4-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Kari Lehtonen made 29 saves for the Stars, who also got goals from Tyler Seguin, Brenden Dillon and Cody Eakin. The victory put Dallas (28-21-10) in eighth place, the final playoff spot, in the Western Conference.
Dallas scored two of its goals short-handed...
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10 days ago
Game 59: Carolina Hurricanes @ Dallas Stars
7:30 p.m. CT, February 27, 2014
American Airlines Center; Dallas, Texas
Hurricanes (26-23-9, 61 pts)
While tonight might be the post-Olympic game for the Stars, the Hurricanes have already played (and lost) in their first game back.
Carolina’s 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday was significant as it was...
The Dallas Stars went into the Olympic break holding onto a Western Conference playoff spot.
The Carolina Hurricanes didn't get off to the start they wanted in their first game back.
The Stars are hoping to pick up where they left off before the break Thursday night against a Hurricanes team continuing a five-game trip.
Dallas (27-21-10) entered the break with 64 points and...
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11 days ago
STARS OLYMPIC WRAPUP
The Dallas Stars sent three playing representatives to the Olympics in Sochi, along with coach Lindy Ruff. Jamie Benn is bringing home a gold medal, while Ruff will get a ring for his role as an assistant coach for a defensively airtight Canadian team that allowed just three goals in six games en route to repeating as Olympic champions. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen...
For the second straight Winter Olympics, the United States’ gold medal dreams were crushed by the rival Canadians.
The U.S. lost Friday’s semifinal 1-0 as the tournament’s highest-scoring offense was completely shut down by a stingy Canadian defense and goaltender Carey Price. Up next for the Americans is a matchup with Finland in the bronze medal game Saturday, and it’s...
Sweden booked the first spot in the men's gold-medal hockey final on Friday by defeating neighbor nation Finland in the semifinals, 2-1.
The bad news started for the Finns before the game even began. Starter Tuukka Rask, who was so good in net against Russia in the quarterfinals, was too ill to play, announced as a scratch shortly before the game. That forced Kari Lehtonen into...
Goalie Tuukka Rask won't play in Finland's Olympic men's hockey semifinal against Sweden because of an unspecified illness.
The Boston Bruins' Rask was ruled out shortly before Friday's game at Bolshoy Ice Dome, giving Kari Lehtonen his second start of the Olympics.
Rask made 37 saves in Finland's 3-1 victory over host Russia in the quarterfinals on Wednesday...
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16 days ago
Via Matias Strozyk on Twitter, big news regarding the Finnish team ahead of this morning's semifinal game between Finland and Sweden (7 AM EST, NBCSN/TSN):
Kari Lehtonen confirmed as Finland's starter against Sweden. Rask already played through flu symptoms in the quarterfinal.
— Matias Strozyk (@MaStrozyk) February 21, 2014
The Finnish Ice Hockey Association...
The Finland Olympic men’s hockey team has been using bicycles to cruise around the Olympic Village in Sochi. Now, they’re autographing those bikes and putting up for sale, with the proceeds going to a good cause.
Finnish sportswriter Matias Strozyk reported Tuesday that the bikes ridden by NHL stars Teemu Selanne, Kari Lehtonen, Olli Jokinen and other are being auctioned off...
Here are my 2014 Sochi Olympic goalie rankings:
3. United States
Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will make his Winter Olympics debut Thursday when he starts in net for Finland’s first preliminary round game against Austria.
Finnish news outlet MTV has reported that Dallas Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen will serve as Rask’s backup, leaving San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi to a third-string role.
Rask was expected to start over Lehtonen...
While the bulk of the Dallas Stars will be enjoying the 10 days off for the NHL Olympic break before returning to practice on Feb. 19, four members of the organization won't get much of a break at all, but it's for good reason.
That's because on Sunday, a four-man Stars contingent headed to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. That traveling party included three...