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Kari Lehtonen shines in goal as Stars top Wild, 4-1

The Dallas goaltender stops 32 shots and Tyler Seguin paces the offense with two goals

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Kari Lehtonen stopped 32 of 33 shots, and Tyler Seguin scored two goals as the Dallas Stars defeated the Minnesota Wild, 4-1, in preseason play at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night.

The Stars jumped out to the lead 56 seconds into the game and then scored two quick goals in the second period to extend their lead to 3-0.

"We started really good. Our first period was very good," Lehtonen said. "The second period was even, and we got up 3-0 and play was more in our end, but that's expected. It was a good effort."

Lehtonen has been on a nice run in goal this preseason. After allowing three goals on three shots early in his first preseason game, he has stopped 69 of 71 shots since.

"It's been going pretty good after a little bit of a rusty start in that first game," Lehtonen said. "You are trying to build a base, and a couple of good games certainly help."

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Tyler Pitlick and Jason Dickinson also scored for the Stars who improved to 3-2-0 in the preseason. Jason Zucker scored the lone goal for the Wild who fell to 3-2-0.

The Stars took a 1-0 lead less than one minute into the game. Pitlick busted down the left wing, blew by Wild defenseman Gustav Olofsson and then beat goaltender Alex Stalock from close range. Lehtonen was sharp in the first, stopping all nine shots he faced including nice saves on Kurtis Gabriel and Landon Ferraro.

The Stars extended the lead to 3-0 with two quick goals midway through the second. Seguin finished off a nice rush with Devin Shore and Alexander Radulov, putting home the rebound of a Radulov shot at the 9:52 mark to make it a 2-0 game.

Just 85 seconds after the Seguin goal, Greg Pateryn set up Dickinson who slipped a defender along the boards and scored from the left circle on the rush and the Stars had a 3-0 lead.

Zucker scored from close range 34 seconds into the third period to bring the Wild to within 3-1, but they could get no closer. Seguin sealed the win with an empty net goal at the 17:17 mark.

Notes

  • The Stars outshot the Avalanche 37-33 and had a 78-53 advantage in shot attempts.

  • Tyler Seguin led the Stars with seven shots on goal.

  • Esa Lindell led the Stars with 14 shot attempts.

  • The Stars were 0-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

  • The Stars won 40 of 32 faceoffs (56 percent). Jason Spezza won 10 of 14 draws (71 percent). Tyler Seguin won 9 of 17 (53 percent). Roope Hintz won 6 of 12 (50 percent). Gemel Smith won 6 of 15 (40 percent).

  • John Klingberg led the Stars with 23:49 of ice time. Esa Lindell was next with 23:17.

What's Next

The Stars conclude their preseason schedule Saturday when they take on the Wild Saturday in Minnesota.

Stars Lineup

Devin Shore - Tyler Seguin - Alexander Radulov
Mattias Janmark - Jason Spezza - Brett Ritchie
Antoine Roussel - Gemel Smith - Tyler Pitlick
Remi Elie - Roope Hintz - Jason Dickinson

Esa Lindell - John Klingberg
Jamie Oleksiak - Greg Pateryn
Stephen Johns - Julius Honka

Kari Lehtonen
Ben Bishop

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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