Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen was back in net after missing four games due to a concussion suffered in the March 8 game against Minnesota.
Lehtonen was tested early, stopping three shots as the Penguins got an early power play chance in the game, and he faced some quality chances over 60 minutes and made some good saves. But by the end of the night he had given up five goals on 32 shots in the Stars’ 5-1 loss the Penguins.
“It was OK,” Lehtonen said. “I felt like I got a good start with some good saves there right away. After that it was just one of those games when they had a few chances and they were able to put the puck in. Just I have to be better and I think everybody else needs to be better too.”
Stars coach Lindy Ruff used the term “OK” as well when summing up Lehtonen’s first night back.
“Just OK, but coming off injury, it was good to get him back in, get him going,” Ruff said.
*The Stars have been outscored 14-3 over the last sever periods of regulation hockey.
*The Stars have dropped three straight games for the first time since Jan. 16-20, when they went 0-2-1.
*The Stars have lost six straight games in Pittsburgh. Their last win was in December 23, 2000.
*The Stars are 10-13-2 vs. the Eastern Conference.
*The Penguins are 14-6-1 vs. the Western Conference.
*The Stars outshot the Penguins 33-32. Tyler Seguin led the Stars with six shots on goal. Sidney Crosby led the Penguins with seven shots.
*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 3-3 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 24 of 55 faceoffs (44 percent). Cody Eakin won 7 of 11. Jamie Benn won 4 of 9. Chris Mueller won 2 of 8. Vernon Fiddler won 2 of 10. Seguin won 3 of 5.
*Seguin, who scored the Stars’ only goal in the game, extended his points streak to six games (six goals, six assists).
*Jamie Benn had a seven-game points streak come to an end.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Valeri Nichushkin/Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Erik Cole – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour
Ray Whitney – Chris Mueller – Alex Chiasson/Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Brenden Dillon
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Aaron Rome
Injured: Shawn Horcoff (upper body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)
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