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Kari Lehtonen | Goalie

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210
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Don't be surprised if Dallas trades for a young goalie to back up starter Kari Lehtonen.
They have highly touted Jack Campbell in their system, but the 22-year-old can't seem to stay healthy. So the Stars may look outside the organization for an up and coming netminder. One of Boston's young stud prospects Malcolm Subban and Niklas Svedberg may be available. As well, Detroit may be willing to part with Petr Mrazek or Tom McCollum if they re-sign UFA Jonas Gustavsson. Stay tuned. Jun 1 - 11:57 AM

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Veteran goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 Anaheim shots but allowed five goals en route to the Stars' 5-4 overtime loss to the Ducks in Dallas Sunday night.

The loss eliminated the Stars from the playoffs in six games. It would be stretching it to suggest that Lehtonen had anything more than an average series. His GAA was 3.29 and he finished with a save percentage of .885.
Apr 27 - 11:45 PM

Kari Lehtonen is projected to start in Game 6 on Sunday.

Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice after the morning skate, which is usually a good indicator of who will play between the pipes. This isn't much of a surprise, but it's still worth noting after Lehtonen allowed five goals on 21 shots before being pulled on Friday.
Apr 27 - 11:43 AM

Kari Lehtonen allowed five goals on only 21 shots in Dallas' 6-2 loss to Anaheim Friday night.

The Stars replaced Lehtonen with Tim Thomas in the third period, but that didn't help. Thomas lunged far out of his crease to try and poke the puck away from Corey Perry near the left circle, but he rounded the goalkeeper like someone would in soccer and scored into the open net for a 6-2 lead. The Stars and the Ducks will meet again in Dallas on Sunday and Lehtonen should be between the pipes then.
Apr 26 - 3:19 AM

Kari Lehtonen was solid in goal for the Stars Wednesday as they outlasted Anaheim to earn a 4-2 victory in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.

Lehtonen turned aside 21 of 23 shots in the victory, during which Dallas trailed by a score of 2-0 before mounting their comeback. The series shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5 on Friday.
Apr 23 - 11:22 PM

Kari Lehtonen stopped was perfect and stopped all 37 shots he faced in Dallas' 3-0 win over Anaheim in Game 3 Monday night.

Lehtonen had a rough start to the series against Anaheim with two losses and only .870 save percentage. Now Lehtonen was rock solid for the entire 60 minutes, making several big saves, including a diving stop on Anaheim center Saku Koivu early in the second period. It was Lehtonen's first career playoff victory and shutout and he should be the starter in Game 4 also on Wednesday.
Apr 22 - 3:26 AM

Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in Game 3 after he was the first goalie off the ice in the morning.

That shouldn't come as a surprise even though he's had a rough series against Anaheim so far. Lehtonen has an .870 save percentage and a 3.56 goals-against average after two contests.
Apr 21 - 2:21 PM

Kari Lehtonen let in three goals on 19 shots in Dallas' 3-2 loss to Anaheim Friday night.

It was a difficult game for Lehtonen as the Ducks scored some pretty goals. Lehtonen was outplayed by Frederik Andersen and the Stars lost their second straight to Anaheim. The Ducks and the Stars will play their next game on Monday in Dallas and Lehtonen will probably start again then.
Apr 19 - 2:31 AM

Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 35 shots in Dallas' 4-3 loss to Anaheim Wednesday evening at Honda Center.

It wasn't a good start for Lehtonen as he allowed three goals in the first period. After the first period he played much better, but it was too late. Despite his shaky performance he should be the starting goalie on Friday, when the Stars and the Ducks will face again.
Apr 17 - 3:26 AM

Goalie Kari Lehtonen is determined to push the Dallas Stars forward in the playoffs and is comfortable he can do so his way.

"I’m excited for this opportunity," Lehtonen 30, said of starting the playoffs Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks. "We’ve been working for this, and now we want to get in there and see what we can do. It’s a great time." Lehtonen added: "I have worked all year for this moment, and I think I’m ready." Lehtonen overcame a concussion and a groin strain to play in a league-high 65 games this season. He last was in the postseason in 2007 as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. Just 23 at the time, he had helped the Thrashers make the playoffs for the first time by forging a 34-24-9 record.
Apr 15 - 10:21 AM

Along with Jamie Benn, Kari Lehtonen and Trevor Daley also get Sunday off for the Dallas Stars against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Stars probably hope that Tim Thomas won't make too many more appearances, as that would mean that Lehtonen either struggles or gets hurt. Thomas could be an excellent day-of pickup, even against what could very well be a bitter Coyotes team.
Apr 13 - 4:50 PM

Kari Lehtonen helped the Stars clinch their first playoff berth since 2008 by shutting out the once mighty St. Louis Blues 3-0 on Friday night.

Lehtonen made 22 saves in the victory, which locked up the final playoff spot in the West and pits the Stars against the top seed in the conference come playoff time. Lehtonen has won three of his past four starts, and has compiled a 33-20-10 record this season with a .919 save percentage and 2.41 goals against average.
Apr 11 - 11:52 PM

Kari Lehtonen will start for Dallas on Friday.

Lehtonen got Wednesday's game off. He has a 2.45 GAA and .918 save percentage in 64 contests this season.
Apr 11 - 4:48 PM

Kari Lehtonen made 27 saves and lifted the Stars to a 3-2 shootout win over Nashville on Tuesday night to help their bid for a playoff spot.

Lehtonen has allowed three goals or less in each of his past 10 games. The Finn improves to 32-20-10 this season with a .918 save percentage and 2.45 goals against average. Lehtonen has the Stars currently in the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. He has two games of playoff experience, both losses, with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2007.
Apr 9 - 1:54 AM

Kari Lehtonen is expected to get the nod against Nashville on Tuesday.

This is a big game for Dallas after they lost to Florida on Sunday. The Stars have just a point lead on the Phoenix Coyotes in the fight for the final Wild Card spot.
Apr 8 - 1:37 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
5Travis Morin
LW1Jamie Benn
2Erik Cole
3Antoine Roussel
4Shawn Horcoff
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Ryan Garbutt
4Colton Sceviour
5Patrick Eaves
6Rich Peverley
D1Alex Goligoski
2Trevor Daley
3Sergei Gonchar
4Brenden Dillon
5Jordie Benn
6Kevin Connauton
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Anders Lindback