Kari Lehtonen led a recently struggling Dallas Stars team to a 2-0 victory tonight in Los Angeles. The Stars faced the defending Stanley Cup Champion Kings in a west coast affair which familiarly took Dallas fans into the early hours of Friday.
The first and second periods remained scoreless but the Kings could have easily run away with it early on. The Stars were out shot 30-15 and heavily out played going into the third. However, with Kari's stellar performance, the Stars held on. Jaromir Jagr opened the scoring early in the third period with some slick puck work and a little bit of luck as he slipped a backhand past Jonathan Quick. Shortly after, Cody Eakin took a big hit to headman the puck to Loui Eriksson, Alex Goligoski, and Ray Whitney for a 3 on 1 which resulted in a slapper past Quick by Whitney for his 5th goal of the season.
Lehtonen put on one of his best performances tonight stopping 40 shots to get the shutout with the offensive help of the team's seasoned veterans. Whitney and Robidas both had great games despite playing through injuries. The Stars' penalty kill looked solid and not many bad penalties were taken.
The Stars return home Saturday for a rematch with the Colorado Avalanche. They will kick off a mammoth 5-game home stand which could give everyone a better look at where this team is and will be this spring.