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Kari Lehtonen is key to Stars' plans

Establishing strong play in goal part of club's strategy to rebuild from the net out

Updated: January 3, 2012, 1:27 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

It wasn't that long ago that a regular-season tilt between the Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars featured two of the top teams in the Western Conference and a Stars team that was stingy on defense, difficult to play against and opportunistic when given a scoring chance. A 2-1 final was right in the Stars' wheelhouse.

That was a team that won a Stanley Cup, with Joe Nieuwendyk capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP). It was an organization that contended with solid play at the blue ...

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