Stars-Capitals Notes

Tuesday, 04.1.2014 / 10:44 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Stars-Capitals Notes
The Dallas Stars are on a nice roll, and so is goaltender Kari Lehtonen.

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.

Notes

*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.

*Alex Goligoski was a plus-four in the game. Trevor Daley, Ray Whitney, Dustin Jeffrey and Alex Chiasson all were a plus-three.

*Goligoski played a game-high 29:04 in the game and led the Stars with five blocked shots.

*The Stars won 27 of 60 faceoffs (45 percent). Tyler Seguin won 7 of 10. Cody Eakin won 9 of 17. Vernon Fiddler won 5 of 13. Jamie Benn won 2 of 9.

*The Stars improved to 12-14-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.

*The Stars snapped a seven-game road winless streak vs. the East.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerColton Sceviour
Ray WhitneyDustin JeffreyAlex Chiasson

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Jordie BennBrenden Dillon
Patrik NemethSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Tim Thomas

Injured: Erik Cole (upper body), Aaron Rome (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)

Scratched: Kevin Connauton

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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 77 28 46 -6 74
T. Seguin 67 35 35 -4 70
J. Spezza 77 17 42 -3 59
J. Klingberg 60 11 27 3 38
C. Eakin 73 17 19 -5 36
T. Daley 63 16 20 -10 36
A. Goligoski 77 4 31 -2 35
A. Hemsky 71 11 21 -5 32
S. Horcoff 73 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 75 12 15 -5 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Lehtonen 34 16 10 .906 2.88
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.25
 
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