- Mark Stepneski, ESPNDallas.com
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The Dallas Stars ran their winning streak to three games and their points streak to six (5-0-1) with a 6-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at American Airlines Center on Saturday night. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 shots in his first game against his former team and Trevor Daley and James Neal each had two goals. Adam Burish and Jeff Woywitka also scored for the Stars, who scored four times on the power play in the game.
“It was the most exciting game for me this year. Lots of emotions. Played my own game and the guys came up big there in the third period and last part of the second. It was a good win.” – Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
“It was good that we were able to play a strong performance after three days away and that hasn’t happened very often, and Kari certainly passed this test where it was going to be an emotional game for him with flying colors.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford
*The Stars have outscored their opponents 23-9 during their six-game points streak (5-0-1).
*The Stars were 4-5 on the power play Saturday and are 9-19 (47.4%) on the PP over the last six games.
*The Stars were 3-3 on the penalty kill and are 17-18 on the PK (94.4%) on the PK over the last six games.
*Kari Lehtonen is 4-0-1 in his last five starts with a 1.77 goals against average and a .947 save percentage.
*Trevor Daley scored two goals, giving him his first multi-goal game of his NHL career.
*Loui Eriksson picked up an assist, extending his points and assists streak to nine games (one goal, ten assists).
*Mike Ribeiro had two assists, extending his points streak to eight games (three goals, seven assists).
*Jeff Woywitka’s goal was his first since April 1, 2009.
*Twelve Dallas players recorded at least one point in the game, the highest number in a game this season. The previous high was ten in the December 21 game vs. Montreal.
*The Stars won 40 of 62 faceoffs (65%) in the game. Adam Burish won 9 of 11, Tom Wandell won 8 of 10 and Brad Richards won 10 of 13.
Injured: Petersen (leg), Niskanen (hand)
Power play units
Penalty kill units
The action started prior to the opening faceoff when players from the two teams exchanged words at center ice during pregame warm ups.
That led to an intense first period with several hard hits. Stars forward Steve Ott had a couple of big ones, including one on Niclas Bergfors near the benches late in the period.
The Stars opened the scoring with a power play goal at the 9:31 mark when Trevor Daley scored off a shot from the left point.
Kari Lehtonen, who had ten saves in the period, had a sharp stop on a Atlanta’s Bryan Little with 7:55 left in the period to keep it a 1-0 game.
The Stars were 1-1 on the power play in the period and Atlanta was 0-2.
Chris Mason started the game in goal for Atlanta but was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec at the 7:48 mark of the first period. Mason appeared to get dinged up when Thrashers forward Chris Thornburn slid into him a few minutes earlier in the period.
Stars forward Krys Barch and Thrashers forward Eric Boulton dropped the gloves for a brief fight and both picked up major penalties.
Kari Lehtonen made a nice stop on a point blank chance by Evander Kane five minutes into the period to keep it a 1-0 game, but the Thrashers tied the game a little more than a minute later.
After Dustin Byfuglien pinched along the boards to keep the play alive in the offensive zone, the Thrashers got the puck to the point, where Andrew Ladd beat a screened Lehtonen at the 6:21 mark.
The Thrashers went on a power play a short time later and Lehtonen came up with a couple of big saves, stopping Bryan Little off the rush and then Evander Kane from point blank range.
The Stars took the lead at the 6:02 mark. After pinning the Thrashers in their own zone, Stephane Robidas was able to launch a shot from the point that Adam Burish deflected by Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec.
The Stars went on their second power play late in the period and they cashed in to make it a 3-1 game. Trevor Daley took a pass from Mike Ribeiro, skated into the Atlanta zone and beat Pavelec with a wrist shot from the right circle with 54.3 seconds left.
Brian Sutherby and Chris Thornburn picked up fighting majors in the period.
Pavelec kept the Thrashers close with a couple of good saves on the Stars third power play of the game midway through the third period, but the Stars extended the lead to 4-1 on a two-on-rush a couple minutes later. James Neal finished off a pass from Loui Eriksson with 8:51 left in the game.
The Stars went on a four-minute power play late in the game after Loui Eriksson took a high stick and the Stars scored on both ends of it as Neal and Jeff Woywitka tallied.
The Dallas Stars ran their winning streak to three games and their points streak to six (5-0-1) with a 6-1 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at American Airlines Center on Saturday night.