Stars-Ducks Notes: Lehtonen Takes Shot at Empty Net
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen picked up an assist on Cody Eakin’s game-winning goal in Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Anaheim. He then decided to take a shot at scoring a goal, firing the puck at an empty net after the Ducks pulled goaltender Jonas Hiller for an extra attacker late in the third period.
Lehtonen didn’t score, shooting the puck a little wide of the net.
“I haven’t got many opportunities and it showed,” Lehtonen said. “They took the walls away, so I thought I was just going to put it in the middle and hope it’s not going to be icing. I hope it’s going to be a goal or someone is going to get it after the blue line. I was happy that it went over the blue line, but I wasn’t too happy about the icing.”
Injury notes: Nemeth leaves game with injury; Dillon could return Friday
Stars defenseman Patrik Nemeth left Wednesday’s game with a upper body injury after the first period and did not return.
“Just upper body,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff. “I would anticipate hopefully that he’s back for the game in Anaheim.”
Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon has missed all four games of the series with a lower body injury, but he is getting closer to a return.
Dillon took part in Wednesday morning’s skate and could be ready to go as early as Friday’s game in Anaheim.
“Brenden is getting closer. He had a good day yesterday, he had a good day today,” said Ruff. “I would anticipate that if we get him a good practice tomorrow and get him a good workout today that there is a good chance he could play on Friday.”
Getzlaf misses game with lower body injury
As the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks battled in Game 4 Wednesday night, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was back in Anaheim to begin treatment for an upper body injury that kept him out of the game. The Ducks announced at the beginning of warm ups that Getzlaf was out and was listed as day to day.
“It was a previous injury aggravated, but that’s all I’m going to say,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said.
When asked if it had anything to do with the Game 3 scrum with Stars forward Antoine Roussel, who landed a couple of shots in the area where Getzlaf was hit with a puck in Game 1 of the series, Boudreau declined to say.
“Oh then that would be giving it away if I said yes or no, wouldn’t it?” Boudreau said.
Robidas disappointed his playoffs are over
Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas got emotional when he started talking about being out for the rest of the playoffs due to a fractured leg. Robidas had been waiting five years to get back into the playoffs and his run didn’t make it three full games.
“For me it’s really hard. I’ve been waiting to play in the playoffs the last five years,” Robidas said, pausing to wipe away some tears. “Sorry. It’s tough you know. ”
Robidas was injured in the third game of the series Monday night in a collision with Stars forward Ryan Garbutt. It was the second time he had broken the leg this season. The first time came in late November when he was with the Stars.
“I knew it was my leg,” Robidas said. “I knew it wasn’t as bad as the first time because the first time, there’s no way I was getting back up. The pain was so bad. This time wasn’t as bad, but I knew something was wrong.”
Robidas said he’s watched the replay.
“He’s diving for the puck. It’s just bad luck. It could have happened in a different situation. It’s one of those things like you don’t control and it’s just bad luck. Ryan reached out to me after the game yesterday and said he was sorry about it. (I said) don’t worry about it. It’s part of the game and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Robidas said he heard the fans chanting his name as he was being helped off the ice.
“It’s pretty nice.”
Doctors have told Robidas he won’t need surgery this time around, and that’s encouraging.
“Yes for sure, it’s a big thing obviously again it’s going to be a long rehab. It’s going to be lots of hours in the gym to get the strength back. It took me a while to get back where I was, but I did it once and I know what to expect, so that’s a good thing. It’s almost like I can do my own rehab.”
*This is the first time the Stars have overcome a two-goal deficit to win a postseason game since April 12, 2004 when the team beat Colorado, 4-3 in overtime.
*Stars captain Jamie Benn scored his third goal of the postseason Monday night, extending his postseason point streak to four games (three goals, one assist, four points).
*Benn is the first member of the Stars to record at least one point in each of his first four playoff games since the 1980 Stanley Cup Playoffs when Steve Payne and Bobby Smith each opened their postseason careers with points in their first five games. (Per Elias Sports Bureau)
*Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen earned a secondary assist on Dallas’ third goal of the game, marking his first career NHL postseason point.
*The Stars outshot the Ducks 26-23. Tyler Seguin led the Stars with five shots.
*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and 0-3 on the power play.
Patrick Maroon – Mathieu Perreault – Corey Perry
Andrew Cogliano – Nick Bonino – Kyle Palmieri
Daniel Winnik – Saku Koivu – Jakob Silfverberg
Emerson Etem – Rickard Rakell – Devante Smith-Pelly
Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Mark Fistric
Scratched: Luca Sbisa, Teemu Selanne.
Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (upper body), Matt Beleskey (lower body), Tim Jackman (hand), Stephane Robidas (leg)