Dallas Stars: Carey Price

Lehtonen, Stars shut out Montreal, 3-0

February, 21, 2012

Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season and 19th of his career as the Dallas Stars won 3-0 at Montreal Tuesday night. Ryan Garbutt scored his first career goal for the Stars, who moved to within two points of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Mike Ribeiro and Tom Wandell also scored for the Stars, who won for just the second time in the last seven games (2-3-2).

First period

The Stars dominated the first period, outshooting the Canadiens 16-6 to six and scoring the period’s only goal.

The goal came at the 14:12 mark when Jake Dowell backhanded a puck from behind the net to Ryan Garbutt, who fired the puck past Montreal goalie Carey Price from the left circle for his first NHL goal.

Stars forward Adam Burish was a late scratch due to illness. Toby Petersen, who has been a scratch the last four games, moved into the lineup to take Burish’s place.

Second period

The Canadiens had three full power plays in the second and the fourth that had 49 seconds remaining when the period ended, but they couldn’t take advantage of any of them.

Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen made 14 saves in the period, including seven with the Stars shorthanded.

Steve Ott came close to extending the lead while the Stars were shorthanded a fourth time, hitting the post with a slap shot late in the second.

The Stars had 11 shots on in the second and had a 27-20 advantage through two periods.

Third period

The Stars killed off what was left of Montreal’s fourth power play to open the third period and then scored two goals in 37 seconds to take a commanding 3-0 lead.

Trevor Daley circled around the Montreal net and sent a cross-ice pass from the left circle to Mike Ribeiro, who ripped a one-timer past Price at the 4:32 mark to put the Stars up 2-0.

Moments later Price turned the puck over when he tried to pass the puck up the middle of the ice, and Tom Wandell scored from the slot at the 5:09 mark to give the Stars a 3-0 lead.

Lehtonen made 11 saves in the third, including nice ones on Lars Eller and Louis Leblanc to preserve his second shutout of the season.

The Stars lost center Jake Dowell in the period to an upper body injury.

Stars lineup



Lehtonen (starter)

Injured: Burish (illness), Souray (foot), Benn (leg), Morrow (neck/shoulder)
Scratched: None

Stars top Canadiens 5-2

December, 21, 2010

The Dallas Stars made it 11 wins in their last 15 games (11-2-2) and ran their home points streak to 12 games (10-0-2) with a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. Adam Burish, Jamie Benn, Karlis Skrastins, Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson scored goals for the Stars. Stephane Robidas chipped in three assists and Steve Ott had two helpers. Kari Lehtonen stopped 27 of 29 shots. The Stars improved to 21-10-3 on the season and their 45 points have them sitting in first place in the Western Conference.

First period

The Stars opened the scoring at the 6:59 mark when Stephane Robidas hit Steve Ott with a breakout pass and Ott skated into the Montreal zone, waited and then put a shot on net that Adam Burish deflected past Habs goalie Carey Price.

The Stars extended lead with a shorthanded goal exactly 7:00 later when Ott sent Jamie Benn on a breakaway and Benn slipped a backhand shot Price to make it a 2-0 game at the 13:59 mark.

Montreal made a strong push to cut into the lead at the end of the period, but Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen came up with several sharp stops.

Some notes after one period.

*Montreal outshot the Stars 9-7 in the period.

*Montreal was 0-2 on the power play in the period. The Stars had no power play chances.

*The Stars were credited with 10 blocked shots in the period. Karlis Skrastins led the way with three blocks.

*The Stars won 7 of 18 faceoffs in the period.

*Mark Fistric and Krys Barch were the healthy scratches for the Stars.

Second period

The Stars extended the lead to 3-0 at the 2:31 mark of the second period. Defenseman Karlis Skrastins carried the puck deep into the Montreal zone, fed the puck to Matt Niskanen, who put a shot on net and Skrastins finished off the play by scoring off a scramble in front of the net.

The Stars came close to making a 4-0 game at the 9:00 mark, but Montreal goalie Carey Price made a sharp save on a Loui Eriksson backhand shot from close range.

Montreal cut it to a 3-1 lead at the 10:43 mark when Travis Moen centered the puck from behind the goal line and the puck went off Mathieu Darche’s skate and past Kari Lehtonen.

The Stars went on their first power play of the game late in the second and they cashed in to make it a 4-1 game. Brad Richards’ shot from the left point deflected off traffic and past Price with 3:00 left in the period.

Some note after two periods.

*The Canadiens outshot the Stars 10-5 in the second period and have a 20-12 advantage for the game.

*The Stars are 1-1 on the power play in the game and Montreal is 0-2.

*The Stars have won 15 of 36 (42%) faceoffs through two periods.

Third period

Montreal cut the Stars’ lead to 4-2 with a shorthanded goal at the 12:15 mark. Scott Gomez set up Brian Gionta, who scored off a one-timer from the left circle.

But the Stars still had time left on the power play and cashed in just eight seconds after it expired when Mike Ribeiro put the puck towards the net from the right circle and Loui Eriksson deflected it past Montreal goal Carey Price at the 13:08 mark.