The Dallas Stars are on a nice roll, and so is goaltender Kari Lehtonen. Tuesday night was Lehtonen’s sixth straight start and he has put up some impressive numbers. He is 5-1-0 with a 1.67 goals against average and .950 save percentage in those six games.
“I’ve been trying to stay extra calm and wait for players to do their moves. I’ve been fortunate to have a few good games in a row, and hopefully I can keep it going,” Lehtonen said.
The Dallas netminder, who missed more than a week last month due to a concussion, has allowed two goals or fewer in four of the last six starts.
On Tuesday, he stopped 35 shots for his fourth shutout of the season. He hasn’t allowed an even strength goal over his last two starts.
“He’s really played great for us,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “He made a couple of key saves when it was 1-0 or 2-0 that could maybe change the momentum of the game for them and he kept it on our side.”
Nemeth makes NHL debut
Defenseman Patrik Nemeth made his NHL debut Tuesday night. He was paired with Sergei Gonchar and logged 11:50 of ice time. The 22-year-old had no points, a plus-one rating, three hits and one blocked shot.
*The Stars have won three games in a row and are 5-1-0 over their last six games.
*The Stars are 10-6-1 since the Olympic break.
*The Stars have outscored their opponents 8-0 during five-on-five play over the last two games.
*The Stars outshot the Capitals 36-35. Ryan Garbutt led the Stars with five shots.
*The Stars were 5-5 on the penalty kill and 0-4 on the power play.
*Garbutt has four goals in the last four games.
*Dustin Jeffrey scored two goals, his first as a Dallas Star.
*Goligoski played a game-high 29:04 in the game and led the Stars with five blocked shots.
*The Stars improved to 12-14-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.
*The Stars snapped a seven-game road winless streak vs. the East.
Scratched: Kevin Connauton