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Defending Big D May 19, 2016

Dallas Stars Daily Links: Starting the Season With the Finn Twins May Be Crazy Enough to Work, Says Heika

Heika talked goaltending with Stars fans on Twitter yesterday. Plus, Jamie Benn is head of the 2017 UFA class, and Jim Nill is up for GM of the Year. Improving a professional sports team is always harder than those video games let on. The Dallas Stars have some moves to make, but one area they may leave alone is the net, writes Mike Heika. The Dallas Morning News hockey reporter answered a number of questions on Twitter from Stars fans looking for insight on the team's possible roster moves, and he puts forth the idea that Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi turned in regular-season performances...
Defending Big D May 12, 2016

Stars Season Ends On Kari Lehtonen's Mistakes And Brian Elliot's Stability: One Easy Tweet

The Dallas Stars saw their season end as Kari Lehtonen had a brutal first period, but probably all for naught, as Dallas couldn't beat Elliot anyway. It might be a little unfair to Kari Lehtonen, putting him front and center in the title, as if Game 7 rested purely on his shoulders. However, you can admit Kari Lehtonen was a big part of why Dallas lost Game 7 without arguing that he lost Dallas the series. After all, he basically won them Game 6. If Dallas' special teams were better, maybe this never goes to game 7. What if Tyler Seguin had been healthy. What if the officiating errs on the...
Defending Big D May 12, 2016

Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars' Season Ends with 6-1 Loss to Blues

That wasn't exactly the Game 7 fans were dreaming of, but on the bright side, the Stars get to keep their first-round pick. Plus, a look at offseason plans for teams around the league. After the Stars won in St. Louis on Monday, Mike Heika wrote that this series deserved a Game 7. I don't think last night was what he had in mind. Instead of a close battle between the Central's top teams, Kari Lehtonen allowed three goals on eight shots, the Stars' offense couldn't get going, and Dallas' season ended with a 6-1 loss in front of a home crowd. It also, Heika says, drew attention to what the...
Blueshirt Banter May 11, 2016

Wednesday Game Thread - STL @ DAL Game 7

Wednesday, May 11 TEAMS TIME (ET) AWAY TV HOME TV NAT TV St. Louis at DallasGame 7 - Series tied 3-3 8:00 PM NBCSN After getting pulled in Game 6, Brian Elliott starts for the Blues as they hope to solve Kari Lehtonen and the Dallas home ice advantage in Game 7 of this Western Conference Semi-Final. Expect a fast pace and a lot of hard hitting action. A little OT wouldn't be totally unexpected either. The only guarantee tonight is that there will be a handshake line to top off the evening. Oh, and Tony sucks. 5 Keys: @StLouisBlues at @DallasStars, Game 7:...
Defending Big D May 10, 2016

Shania Twain Helps Resurrect Dallas to Force Game 7 Against St. Louis: Six Easy Tweets

The Dallas Stars force game 7 off the back of Kari Lehtonen. And Kari Lehtonen. Come get it! I was wrong. The Dallas Stars won't lose in six to the St. Louis Blues after all. It sure felt like it for awhile as the Blues pounded on the Stars with the kind of animosity reserved for blood feuds. The biggest story, enough to forget Dallas even had three goal scorers, was Kari Lehtonen. Two seasons ago, he was in the same situation...helping protect a lead in Game 6, only to see his team, and himself do their best to lose it. He found himself in the same situation last night. Except this time he...
Defending Big D May 10, 2016

Dallas Stars Daily Links: Stars Beat Blues 3-2, Force Game 7

The Stars live to fight another day. Plus, the Predators also forced a Game 7, and the Penguins are sticking with rookie goaltender Matt Murray. It got just a little dicey there at the end, but the Stars held on to beat the Blues 3-2 and force Game 7 on Wednesday at the AAC. The team can thank Kari Lehtonen, who logged 35 saves, for helping make that happen. Kari's save at the end of the game to seal it for Dallas. pic.twitter.com/mLWxoJOH2e — Dylan Nadwodny (2-3) (@dnadders) May 10, 2016 Mike Heika says it's only fitting that the Stars and Blues will meet one last time, and Jason...
Defending Big D May 10, 2016

WCSF Game 6 Afterwords: Going the Distance

Kari Lehtonen totally redeemed himself. To be frank, I didn't expect the Stars to win Game 6.  Losing Game 5 at home in disappointing and luckless fashion felt like confirmation of Fate's intentions, and there was little reason to expect Dallas to come off the mat in St. Louis yet again. That's what they did, though.  Despite playing on an ice surface unfit for rollerblades, the Stars cashed in every single IOU written in Game 5, converting on all three of their prime chances in the first.  Nichushkin and Janmark were fabulous on the first goal, Colton Sceviour and Vernon Fiddler...
Stars make good on scoring opportunities

Stars make good on scoring opportunities

Lehtonen is the hero in goal as Blues turn pressure up.
Defending Big D May 6, 2016

WCSF Game 4 Afterwords: Cody Eakin, Kari Lehtonen Wish You a Very Happy Cinco de Morrow

Eight years to the day after Brenden Morrow Scored, the Stars got another overtime victory. Game 6 of the Stars/Sharks series in 2008 actually began on May 4th, but you know what happened: In the fourth overtime, well after the 5th of May had arrived, with 129 minutes of hockey in the books, Brenden Morrow scored the Stars' last playoff overtime goal in franchise history. Until Thursday night, that is. Cody Eakin compressed the entire narrative arc of Oliver Twist into a 10-second segment, and Kari Lehtonen was the opposite of the Artful Dodger, running into almost every puck he could in...
Defending Big D May 5, 2016

Recap: The Stars Come Back Big to Tie Up the St. Louis Series in OT

Round 2 is now a three-game series, and the Stars have home ice for two of them. Kisses! After six unanswered goals and a humiliating loss in the St. Louis Blues' building in Game 3, the Dallas Stars needed to play Game 4 like their season was on the line. So what did they do? They broke a power-play drought. They broke an overtime drought. Their best players showed up in a big way. And Kari was KariKariKari. First period The game was goal-less for more than 10 minutes, but Vladimir Tarasenko opened the scoring with a breakaway from the blue line on Kari Lehtonen. Ruff's reaction...
St. Louis Game Time May 5, 2016

Stars At Blues Game Four Storystream: Serious Numbers

Another offensive onslaught like Tuesday night can send the Stars home in a very precarious position. So, about those two goalies that the Dallas Stars have... Who would've thought that they would've been the potential  undoing of the Western Conference's best team? Everyone chatted up how Dallas' defense was going to be a liability, and how their run and gun style may be a risk, but did anyone expect Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi to be this much of an issue? Well, aside from former Thrashers fans, of course. Tonight the Blues have a chance to send this series back to Dallas with a 3-1...
Artic Ice Hockey May 4, 2016

The last time the Winnipeg Jets/Atlanta Thrashers drafted second overall

What happened the last time the Winnipeg Jets franchise drafted second overall? The year was 2002. The city? Toronto. The Atlanta Thrashers had the second overall pick. They looked to Finland and selected a goalie by the name of Kari Lehtonen. And this is where the journey begins. It is not that Lehtonen was a bad pick. In fact, he is a player who has lasted a lot longer in the NHL than his other top-5 counterparts. No, the Thrashers screwed up this pick because of what they did to him once he became a fairly reliable goalie for them. Lehtonen spent his first year in North America in the...
Defending Big D May 3, 2016

Dallas Stars Morning Skate: Lindy Ruff Won't Reveal Starting Goalie, Curtis McKenzie In For Game 3

The only thing we know for sure is that the Dallas Stars will put a Finn in net tonight for Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues. First it was Antti Niemi coming off the ice first. Then it was Lindy Ruff saying Kari Lehtonen should play in Game 3. But then it was the Lindy Ruff all Dallas Stars fans know well, telling the media assembled at morning skate that, well, let's let his words speak for themselves: Now Ruff says "I'm not telling you who's starting, so don't ask." #stlblues #stars re ... goalie — Lou Korac (@lkorac10) May 3, 2016 That's the Lindy we all know and love. Of...

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