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Kari Lehtonen: Tonight’s other red-hot goalie

Mar 13, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

Ilya Bryzgalov will naturally gain a big chunk of tonight’s spotlight among red-hot goalies, but Dallas Stars workhorse Kari Lehtonen isn’t far behind. The Finnish netminder earned his second shutout in a row as the Stars outlasted the Minnesota Wild by the paper-thin margin of 1-0 on Tuesday.

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If you take a longer view on things, the “hottest goalie” argument likely extends to Lehtonen vs. Ryan Miller. Mark Stepneski points out that Lehtonen is 8-0-1 with a 1.29 GAA and ridiculous .955 save percentage in his last nine starts.

All those debates aside, the bottom line is that the Stars continue to strengthen their hold on the top spot in the Pacific Division. Dallas is currently at 83 points with 12 games left, leaving them four points ahead of second place Phoenix. (The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings are currently in action, but at best, the Sharks will reach 79 points and the Kings can finish with no more than 78.)

The Stars have won six games in a row and are 10-0-1 in their last 11 contests. It remains to be seen if they can hang on to the division lead and the third seed that comes with it, but the odds are easily in favor of them advancing to the postseason.

To outside observers, that would be a big enough accomplishment, yet Lehtonen’s play might generate some bolder dreams.

  1. blomfeld - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    LEHTONEN SCHMETONEN !

    With all due respect to comrade O’Brien and his erstwhile reporting efforts, what people really “want and need” to know about right now, are the LA Kings ! Tonight we crushed the Red Wings with a determined and convincing performance, which proves to even a blind man, that we now mean business ! If you’re a fellow Kings fan, then let me say “here here” to you friend ! … and if you’re not, then kindly give your head a shake and “fall in” with us immediately !

    • blomfeld - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:09 AM

      Too right Blomfeld !

      It now “indeed” looks like we’re on the march again ! … and this couldn’t have come a moment too soon … from here on in, absolutely “every” game is going to count if we still want to catch those Sisters … but make no mistake about it, we will “catch them” !

      xxx kisses and hugs … Blomfeld # 2

    • dallasstars9 - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      This story is about the overachieving Stars, not the underachieving Kings! Go Stars!!

      • blomfeld - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM

        STARS SCHMARS !

        I really wish that we had another crack at “you people” but unfortunately we don’t … of course, not unless you people appear in our cross hairs during the playoffs ? Regardless, hockey fans don’t care about what some headline says … all they care about are the LA Kings and our determined & fanatical march towards the Sisters !

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