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Lehtonen has 26 saves, Stars beat Coyotes 2-1 move into 8th seed

Saturday, 02.08.2014 / 11:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Lehtonen has 26 saves, Stars beat Coyotes 2-1 move into 8th seed

DALLAS - Kari Lehtonen made 26 saves as the Dallas Stars beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Saturday night.

The victory moved Dallas into the eighth and final playoff position in the Western Conference for the first time this season as the teams headed into the NHL's Olympic break.

The Stars and Coyotes have identical 27-21-10 records for 64 points, but Dallas holds a tiebreaker over Phoenix.

Lehtonen, a Finnish Olympian, received plenty of help from the Stars' defence and from goals by Ray Whitney and Russian Olympian Valeri Nichushkin.

Dallas limited the Coyotes to 27 shots, 13 in the third period. Lehtonen shut them out until Radim Vrbata scored on a power play with 15 seconds remaining.

Whitney scored just 2:10 into the game. Nichushkin scored at 19:26 of the second period, deflecting in a shot by Trevor Daley.

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I kept refreshing the page on the NHL website after the second round and I was shocked he lasted that long. I'm sure the Coyotes were pretty happy to get him. He's such a good player and he plays big in big games.

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