Stars Soar Past the Jets; Lehtonen Leaves with Lower Body Injury
After 5 days off, the Dallas Stars were back at it in Winnipeg as they faced off against a new division foe. Dallas entered the game shuffling the lines which proved to help the efforts of the top 3 (Benn, Seguin, Peverly--to start).
Alex Chiasson continued his hot streak with a slick feed from Seguin and quick hands in front of the net. Chiasson once again shows his scoring ability with this goal not only with his stick work but his positioning and awareness of space around him. Shortly after, Seguin hammered one home on a one-timed drop pass courtesy of Rich Peverly. Despite the puck bouncing, Seguin was able to control its placement and beat Pavelec cleanly.
Late in the first period, Jamie Benn increased the Stars' lead to 3 as he scored off a rebound courtesy of a heavy Dillon shot from the point. Dillon and Seguin (1G-2A) supplied the assists. The Stars kicked off the second period with an early powerplay goal as Seguin tallied his second goal of the night (fourth point) with Benn and Chiasson getting the helpers. Kari Lehtonen left late in the second period to be relieved by Dan Ellis and did not return as it was reported he suffered a lower body injury.
Winnipeg finally got on the board in the third period on the power play as Blake Wheeler finished off a rebound off of a blast from Dustin Byfuglien. However, this would conclude scoring for the night and the Stars would triumph 4-1 over the Jets.
The Stars were doing a lot of things right tonight; getting in front of shots, making clean passes and converting when given the opportunity. Tyler Seguin and Alex Chiasson had notable offensive performances both on the score sheet and the puck possession game. Seguin was all over the ice and was involved in many offensive pushes. Benn also quietly tallied 3 points.
Winnipeg managed to get 40+ shots on net with Kari stopping all 21 he faced before leaving the game. Dan Ellis is expected to start tomorrow night in Minnesota on the second night of this back-to-back, even if Kari is 100%. Keep it tuned here for updates on Lehtonen as we receive them.