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Defending Big D Apr 23, 2016

WCQF Game 5 Afterwords: Because Of Course It Wasn't Going To Be That Easy

Let's go ahead and get all the rage out of our system now, shall we? * * * Hey, that was the worst.  At least, I think it was?  It's weirdly easy to complain after being up 4-3 in a game where the Stars trailed 2-0 before the seats were warm, but maybe that's the cost of being the top seed.  You have expectations, and when your hope is justified only to be ripped right out again, it's painful. First, I think there's little doubt that Kari Lehtonen will be starting Game 5.  Losses have been a good opportunity for Lindy Ruff to alter the tandem even when the goalie plays well, and this...
Defending Big D Apr 22, 2016

Dallas Stars Morning Skate: Antti Niemi Back in Net as Stars, Tyler Seguin Update

The Stars continue to use the strategies that took them to the regular-season Western Conference title as they try to close out their first round series tonight. The Dallas Stars are going to play with the system that got them this far, no matter how against traditional hockey logic that may be. In this case, that means the Stars appear set to have Antti Niemi in net again tonight for Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild at the American Airlines Center after he was the first goalie off at morning skate. Kari Lehtonen had played well in the first three games of the series - the loss in Game 3...
Defending Big D Apr 21, 2016

Recap: Stars Take Commanding 3-1 Series Lead in Minnesota

The Dallas Stars defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on the road, taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Stars got blown out by playoff standards on Monday night. The defense was shaky and Kari Lehtonen was unable to bail them out. The team knew that the Wild would push back in their building, but Monday seemed to catch them by surprise.The power play was stuck in the mud, and Tyler Seguin was still in Dallas. Game 4 felt very decisive. Dallas began the game expecting a similar effort from the Wild, and Minnesota did not disappoint. The Stars prevailed 3-2, but the Wild were not willing to...
Defending Big D Apr 20, 2016

Dallas Stars Morning Skate: Antti Niemi Looks Like Starter; Kris Russell and Jamie Benn Skate

Kris Russell may be able to play after a brief illness, but the bigger news is in net where Antti Niemi will make his first start of the playoffs. The Dallas Stars were not shy about using both halves of their two-headed starting goalie monster throughout the regular season, and it appears things will be no different in the playoffs. While Kari Lehtonen was far from the problem in the Stars 5-3 loss in Game 3 to the Minnesota Wild, it appears coach Lindy Ruff has decided to put Antti Niemi in net tonight for Game 4. The decision makes sense given the context of how the Stars have managed...
Defending Big D Apr 18, 2016

Preview: Dallas Stars Have Chance to Take Commanding 3-0 Lead as Series Shifts to Minnesota

Fox Sports Southwest tonight at 7:30pm CDT, or if you can find CNBC nationally. Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said there were parts of Thursday's game one that he did not even want to review on tape with his team, knowing how much different game two was going to be. That prognostication proved a good one, as the Minnesota Wild brought a desperate effort Saturday night equaled, fortunately, only by Kari Lehtonen's netmending. As the series shifts to the road he knows it only gets harder from here. "I think anybody that knows playoff hockey knows and when we go into their building with...
Defending Big D Apr 17, 2016

WCQF Game 2 Afterwords: Kari Lehtonen and the Law of Gravity

The Stars scored a really pretty goal and a really ugly goal, and the Wild managed a power play goal. It was a playoff game. In case you had forgotten, winning in the playoff isn't easy. True, Dallas had the puck for a huge chunk of this game.  And yes, they again got a few early power play chances after outplaying Minnesota for significant stretches of the game.  And if you get right down to it, this series has still had a feeling of cautious optimism about it.  That's what a Game 1 thumping can do for you, I suppose. But make no mistake: Kari Lehtonen won this game for Dallas, and...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 16, 2016

Benn's goal too much for Wild to overcome, falls to Stars in Game 2

Minnesota now trails 2-0 in the series The Minnesota Wild couldn't put the puck in the net when it had chances...and it definitely had chances in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round against he Dallas Stars. Mikael Granlund had three great looks, but none better than a chance in the first period in which he couldn't direct the puck on net with Kari Lehtonen out of position. But a late push in the third period made it interesting as time ran out on the Wild. Minnesota lost 2-1 and head back home with a 2-0 series deficit. The game opened with Minnesota looking to establish its...
Defending Big D Apr 16, 2016

Antoine Roussel's Odd Goal Helps Dallas Stars to 2-0 Series Lead Over Minnesota Wild

Kari Lehtonen came up huge when the Stars offense did not, and Dallas takes a 2-0 series lead with them to Minnesota for game 3. And...exhale. The Dallas Stars went up two games to none in their series against the Minnesota Wild with a 2-1 victory at American Airlines Center Saturday night thanks to a weird bounce, their captain, and the goaltending they needed in some tense final moments. Lindy Ruff said he expected a different game from a desperate Wild team that failed to generate offense of any kind Thursday, and he got it, but 26 shots this time around and some pretty high-quality...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 13, 2016

How the Minnesota Wild can destroy the Death Stars this postseason

Many Bothans died to bring us this information. Breaking news: the Dallas Stars are pretty darn good. Their forward corps is one of the best in the business. They have Wild-Killer-In-Training John Klingberg (who is not a forward, but he's very good). They have two weaknesses. One is between the pipes: While the Stars have racked up impressive numbers this season, neither Antti Niemi nor Kari Lehtonen are particularly impressive. Both have allowed an average goals per game in the high two-and-a-halfs and their save percentages are both around .905 in all situations (courtesy of the Dallas...
Defending Big D Apr 7, 2016

Matching Minors: Kari Lehtonen vs. Antti Niemi - Who Should Dallas Choose for the Playoffs?

Wes and David break down everything you need to know about who to choose between Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Kari Lehtonen vs. Antti Niemi for the 2015-2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is the question that Dallas Stars fans will stay up at night, pondering, prognosticating, and puzzling over. Will Jim Nill's off season experiment work? Or will the soundbites prove true? That you need a number one? Whatever the case, the Dallas organization has a few dilemmas on hand. Ok so let's talk the case for Kari Lehtonen. Why would the Dallas Stars want to hang their...
Defending Big D Apr 6, 2016

Texas Stars Report: Who's Behind Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi?

Outside of the top two tenders in the organization, Dallas' goalies have one combined game of NHL experience. That could be a problem... In an unexpected turn of events, Jack Campbell started both games this past weekend in Charlotte. The one-time scion of the Dallas net hadn't started back to back games in the AHL since December. He split the weekend, going 1-1, but the question still remains. Where does Dallas stand in net? With Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi locked in for the next two years, it would take a lot to push into the NHL right now in the Dallas organization. Barring a cap space...

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