STARS 2 @ LOS ANGELES 0
Amazingly, Kari Lehtonen has done a better job this year when he has been forced to handle most of the load without as much help from the Stars’ defense.
In three of the Stars’ five wins going into tonight’s game, they allowed more than 30 shots on goal. By contrast they allowed less than 30 in four games during their recent seven-game losing streak.
So it was actually against the norm that Lehtonen only faced 27 shots Thursday night – and saw a flurry for the second half of the game to reach that number – yet held his own to shut out the Kings at the Staples Center, avenging a 3-1 defeat by the reigning champions in Dallas earlier this month.
Dallas dominated much of the first half of the game, and it paid off eventually as Ryan Garbutt, who netted the game-winner in Arizona, put the first one in goal for Dallas with less than seven minutes to go in the first period.
The Stars looked to have a 2-0 lead about seven minutes into the second period, but an apparent goal from Jaime Benn was reviewed and waved off on the ruling that the puck had hit the safety net above the glass a few seconds earlier. It didn’t matter, as Jason Spezza got that second goal back about a minute later.
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