Stars Douse Flames in Lehtonen's Return

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 12:17 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars Douse Flames in Lehtonen\'s Return

Kari Lehtonen was rock solid in his return to the net and Alex Chiasson and Jamie Benn spearheaded the offense as the Dallas Stars routed the Calgary Flames 5-1 at American Airlines Center Thursday night.

It was a big bounce back win for the Stars, who were coming off back-to-back losses in Los Angeles and Anaheim over the weekend.

“It was a tough weekend for us, we lost two key games. It was kind of good for us, it was a wakeup call,” said Chiasson. “We looked in the mirror this week, worked hard in practice and for most of the game tonight we competed pretty hard. It was a 60 minute effort, that was the key tonight.”

“Obviously after our road trip we wanted to come out here and be strong at home,” said Benn. “I thought our goalie played great tonight and we got a big two points.”

Lehtonen, who has missed the last five games with a lower body injury, stopped 28 of 29 shots.

“I felt a little rusty, but the guys kept it pretty simple,” said Lehtonen. “They didn’t get too many crazy chances. They were simple shots and that was good for me to get back into playing.”

Lehtonen is now 3-1-0 on the season with a 1.41 goals against average and .956 save percentage.

“He’s our key player,” Chiasson said of Lehtonen. “You look at every team that is successful in this league and it starts with the goalie. I think he played awesome tonight”

Chiasson scored two goals and assisted on one other. Benn scored two goals. Brenden Dillon also scored for the Stars, who won their third straight game at home.

The Stars and Flames were in a tight battle and deadlocked at 1-1 midway through the game, but the Stars blew the contest open with three goals in a one minute span of the second period.

“I thought we started a little bit slow, but it was a real good win once we got going,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “And we sensed a little bit of blood there in the second period, I thought we took control of the game, which was good to see. Once we had control, we played a pretty efficient and smart game.”

The Stars struck first, getting a goal from Chiasson to take a 1-0 lead at the 4:04 mark of the first period. Ray Whitney sent a pass to Chiasson, who was stationed at the front of the net and slipped the puck past Flames goaltender Karri Ramo from close range.

“Great play by Whits,” Chiasson said. “I think he was the only one in the whole building who saw me.”

The Flames tied it at 4:40 of the second period when the Flames got an odd-man rush and Lee Stempniak scored from the right circle.

But the Stars scored three goals in a 1:01 span to take a 4-1 lead. Whitney set up Chiasson, who scored from the slot at the 11:11 mark. The goal was initially waved off, but a video review after play stopped showed the puck was in the net.

Just 18 seconds later, Jamie Benn tallied from the left circle off the rush and the Stars had a 3-1 lead in the game.

“When you score and then you score again that usually kills the other team’s momentum,” said Chiasson. “We scored two quick goals there and it felt like they backed off a bit.”

And then 43 seconds later, Shawn Horcoff won a faceoff back to Brenden Dillon, whose shot from the left point found its way through traffic and past Ramo to give the Stars a 4-1 lead.

“Well, those three quick goals, they definitely took lots of energy out of us and we just couldn’t recover,” said Flames coach Bob Hartley.

Benn scored his second of the night at 3:36 of the third period to make it a 5-1 game. Chiasson sent a pass behind the net to Benn, who scored on a wrap-around.

The Stars improved to 4-5-0 on the season. Calgary fell to 4-4-2.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 8 5 7 7 12
J. Spezza 8 4 5 0 9
C. Eakin 8 0 7 3 7
A. Goligoski 8 3 2 -3 5
P. Eaves 7 2 3 3 5
P. Sharp 8 3 1 2 4
R. Faksa 8 2 2 2 4
J. Klingberg 8 1 3 -2 4
A. Hemsky 8 1 3 2 4
M. Janmark 7 1 3 0 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 4 1 0 .906 2.45
A. Niemi 1 2 2 .892 2.73
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