Kari Lehtonen was brilliant in net Thursday night, stopping 40 shots as the Dallas Stars defeated the Los Angeles Kings, 2-0, at Staples Center Thursday night. Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney scored third period goals for the Stars, who won the game despite being outshot 40-21. The win gave the Stars a 14-13-3 mark on the season.
Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was superb in Thursday night. He made 40 saves, many of them quality ones, as he registered his first shutout of the season and 22nd of his career. He was particularly sharp in the first two periods, when the Kings dominated play and outshot the Stars 30-15.
Stars finding success in Los Angeles
The Kings have lost just three times in regulation at home this season, and two of them have come at the hands of the Stars. Dallas has won four straight at Staples Center. The Stars are 12-4-6 in their last 22 games in Los Angeles.
It was a fast paced first period with few whistles over the first whistles over the first ten minutes.
The Kings had the game’s first power play, but the Stars were able to kill it off thanks to a couple of sharp saves by Kari Lehtonen and a key block by Eric Nystrom.
The Stars killed off a second Kings power play late in the period and then went on their first chance with the man-advantage with just under two minutes left in the first, didn’t cash in and Lehtonen stopped Kyle Clifford one-handed backhanded chance just before the period ended.
Shots in the first period were 12-5 in favor of the Kings.
The Kings had some pressure early in the second and Lehtonen came up with a big save six minutes into the period, stopping a point-blank chance by Dwight King.
The Kings continued with the pressure in the period and Lehtonen continued to hold the fort, making a nice save on Jake Muzzin off the rush and stopping a deflection by Jeff Carter. With just over six minutes left Lehtonen stopped King and then a rebound attempt by Trevor Lewis.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick came up with his best save of the game, stopping Cody Eakin’s bid from the bottom of the right circle with 3:47 left in the period.
The Kings outshot the Stars 18-10 in the second and had a 30-15 advantage through the first two periods, but the game was scoreless heading to the third period.
The Stars went on their second power play of the game early in the period and Trevor Daley had a wide open chance from close range, but Quick made a spectacular glove save to keep it a scoreless game.
The Stars got on the board with 13:26 remaining. After Jamie Benn won a puck battle with Anze Kopitar in the Dallas zone, he led the rush the other way and set up Jaromir Jagr, whose backhand shot from the left circle bounced off traffic and past Quick.
The Stars extended the lead to 2-0 with 9:04 left in the game. Cody Eakin took a hit to get the Stars off on the rush and Ray Whitney finished it off, beating Quick with a blast from the left circle.
The Kings went on their third power play of the night with just under seven minutes remaining, but weren’t able to generate much.
The Kings pulled Quick for an extra attacker, but couldn’t crack the Stars and Lehtonen.
Scratched: Chiasson, Oleksiak, Smith
Injured: Garbutt (hand), Rome (foot)