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Kari Lehtonen | Goalie

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/16/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 210
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Stars netminder Kari Lehtonen was excellent Tuesday night as he blocked 35 of 37 shots in a 3-2 defeat of Edmonton.
After a disastrous streak that saw Dallas fail to record a home win for quite some time, Lehtonen has now recorded three straight victories. His 9-5-4 record hides his unsightly 2.93 GAA and .908 save percentage. Nov 25 - 11:44 PM

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Kari Lehtonen will get his 19th start through Dallas' first 23 games on Tuesday night against Edmonton.

With a win, and some help in the standings, Dallas can quickly vault themselves back into Wild Card contention as they sit just four points out of the second slot coming in. Not a bad team to get your third straight win over.
Nov 25 - 5:49 PM

Kari Lehtonen blocked 37 of 41 shots as the Stars escaped with a 5-4 win over the Kings on Saturday night.

Dallas jumped out to a 4-0 lead by early in the second period, then it became the Kings show from that point forward. Los Angeles only got within one goal once, at 10:44 of the third period, but it seemed as if the Stars were destined to blow this game. Lehtonen is a dicey bet until the Stars figure out how to hold onto pucks more and defend in their own zone. He has a 2.98 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.
Nov 22 - 11:18 PM

Look for Kari Lehtonen to get the start against Los Angeles Saturday night.

He rebounded Thursday night against a weak Arizona team stopping 26 shots in a 2-1 win after allowing 10 goals in less than two games earlier in the week. With Lehtonen you are always rolling the dice. Start him if you need him, though.
Nov 22 - 1:35 PM

Kari Lehtonen put an end to his ugly week by stopping 26 of 27 en route to a 3-1 win for the Stars over Arizona on Thursday night.

Lehtonen had allowed 12 goals since last Thursday's win in two losses and a no-decision. The 31-year-old Finn improved his record to 7-5-1 this season with a 2.92 goals against average and .906 save percentage.
Nov 20 - 11:51 PM

Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen hit the showers early on Tuesday as he was replaced after allowing four goals on 16 shots in a 6-4 loss to the Hurricanes.

Anders Lindback entered the game to play the final 25 minutes, but ceded two goals on just nine shots in the process. Lehtonen has lost three straight starts as the Dallas defensive coverage has struggled mightily of late. His record now stands at 6-6-4 on the year while his GAA of 3.04 and .903 save percentage are far worse than what was expected of him.
Nov 19 - 5:42 AM

Kari Lehtonen will be between the pipes as Dallas hosts the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

The Stars have more starts by not-Kari Lehtonens than wins at home, 3-1. What's more troubling however, is that Dallas has just one more win and three more points than Carolina. Lehtonen's .908 save percentage and 2.98 GAA is no sure thing to improve tonight.
Nov 18 - 8:45 PM

Kari Lehtonen allowed six goals on 47 shots in Dallas' 6-2 loss to Chicago.

The game was actually tied at two heading into the third period. Lehtonen did allow six goals tonight, but he isn't getting much help from his teammates. The 31-year-old is 6-5-4 with a 2.89 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage. The Stars dropped both their games this weekend.
Nov 16 - 10:19 PM

Kari Lehtonen made 20 saves in Dallas' 2-1 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.

The Stars opened the scoring in the second period, but couldn't hold on for the win. With the loss, Lehtonen now has just two wins in his last eight starts. Many people picked the Stars to be a force in the Western Conference this year but that just hasn't happened. If they want to be among the league's elite teams, they will have to improve their record at home (1-4-4). Lehtonen is 6-4-4 with a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage.
Nov 15 - 4:54 PM

Look for Kari Lehtonen to start in goal against Minnesota Saturday afternoon.

He is coming off a strong shutout win over Los Angeles and will also likely play Sunday against Chicago. Ride him while he is hot.
Nov 15 - 12:51 PM

Kari Lehtonen stopped all 27 shots he faced in Dallas' 2-0 win over Los Angeles.

Lehtonen was named the game's first star. The 30-year-old's numbers haven't been great this season, but he was very solid tonight. Lehtonen made several key saves, but none were better than his incredible glove save on Kings' forward Jarret Stoll in the second period. Lehtonen is 6-3-4 this season and he has a 2.72 goals-against-average to go along with a .912 save-percentage.
Nov 14 - 1:20 AM

Kari Lehtonen stopped 34-of-37 shots to earn a 4-3 win over Arizona on Tuesday.

The win snapped Lehtonen's personal five game losing streak and more importantly the Stars seven game losing streak. The Finnish goaltender hasn't gotten a lot of defensive support from his team this season and that has helped to contribute to his mediocre 2.95 goals against average and .906 save percentage. Regardless, hopefully this win will kick start a good stretch for him.
Nov 12 - 12:33 AM

Coach Lindy Ruff wants more from his goaltenders, but he has faith that Kari Lehtonen can step up.

"I think that he's the guy that has to take the leadership and grab the ball and run and be ready to go with it," Ruff said of Lehtonen. "And it'll start there, because as soon as you get that confidence back there, then that one mistake you're making isn't something that's going to hurt you." He hasn't picked up a win in his past five appearances (0-3-2).
Nov 11 - 10:44 AM

Kari Lehtonen stopped 30 shots in the Stars' 3-2 loss to Nashville on Thursday night, as the 30-year-old has lost five straight.

Lehtonen has allowed less than three goals just twice in his past eight games. He is 4-3-4 on the year with a .904 save percentage and 2.04 goals against average. Though it's clear Lehtonen is struggling, its likely just a slump and the goaltender will raise his numbers as the season wears on.
Nov 7 - 12:16 AM

Kari Lehtonen wasn't able to carry his teammates to a victory in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Kings.

Lehtonen allowed three goals on 30 shots in the defeat, which is his fourth loss in a row. His 4-2-4 record looks impressive at first glance, but actually represents a winning percentage of just 40 percent. The Finnish goalkeeper has a long track record of success, but currently sports mediocre peripheral stats with a GAA of 2.93 and a .904 save percentage.
Nov 5 - 1:33 AM

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G1Kari Lehtonen
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