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Stars-Penguins Notes

Tuesday, 03.18.2014 / 11:45 PM / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Penguins Notes
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was back in net after missing four games due to a concussion suffered in the March 8 game against Minnesota.

Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was back in net after missing four games due to a concussion suffered in the March 8 game against Minnesota.

Lehtonen was tested early, stopping three shots as the Penguins got an early power play chance in the game, and he faced some quality chances over 60 minutes and made some good saves. But by the end of the night he had given up five goals on 32 shots in the Stars’ 5-1 loss the Penguins.

“It was OK,” Lehtonen said. “I felt like I got a good start with some good saves there right away. After that it was just one of those games when they had a few chances and they were able to put the puck in. Just I have to be better and I think everybody else needs to be better too.”

Stars coach Lindy Ruff used the term “OK” as well when summing up Lehtonen’s first night back.

“Just OK, but coming off injury, it was good to get him back in, get him going,” Ruff said.

Notes

*The Stars have been outscored 14-3 over the last sever periods of regulation hockey.

*The Stars have dropped three straight games for the first time since Jan. 16-20, when they went 0-2-1.

*The Stars have lost six straight games in Pittsburgh. Their last win was in December 23, 2000.

*The Stars are 10-13-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Penguins are 14-6-1 vs. the Western Conference.

*The Stars outshot the Penguins 33-32. Tyler Seguin led the Stars with six shots on goal. Sidney Crosby led the Penguins with seven shots.

*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.

*The Stars won 24 of 55 faceoffs (44 percent). Cody Eakin won 7 of 11. Jamie Benn won 4 of 9. Chris Mueller won 2 of 8. Vernon Fiddler won 2 of 10. Seguin won 3 of 5.

*Seguin, who scored the Stars’ only goal in the game, extended his points streak to six games (six goals, six assists).

*Jamie Benn had a seven-game points streak come to an end.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin/Alex Chiasson
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Erik ColeVernon FiddlerColton Sceviour
Ray WhitneyChris MuellerAlex Chiasson/Valeri Nichushkin

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Kevin Connauton
Sergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Tim Thomas

Scratched: Aaron Rome

Injured: Shawn Horcoff (upper body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)

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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 62 23 37 -1 60
T. Seguin 55 29 30 0 59
J. Spezza 62 15 37 -3 52
E. Cole 57 18 15 4 33
T. Daley 59 16 16 -9 32
J. Klingberg 48 10 22 2 32
C. Eakin 59 14 14 -2 28
A. Hemsky 56 9 17 -7 26
A. Goligoski 62 2 24 2 26
A. Roussel 60 12 11 -11 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 25 13 10 .905 2.97
J. Enroth 13 24 2 .900 3.31
 
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