Stars Vs. Wild 2012: Dallas Defeats Minnesota 1-0

The Stars won their sixth straight game on Tuesday behind a strong performance from goalie Kari Lehtonen.

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That's a Wrap: Kari Lehtonen, Stars shutout the Wild 1-0

The wins keep on rolling in for Dallas as they shutout the Minnesota Wild 1-0. This one was a bit closer that anticipated but it’s one that the Stars will certainly take.

Kari Lehtonen was incredible in this game, stopping all 25 shots that he faced.
There were multiple point blank shots that he just stuffed, including one with just three seconds left in the game that sealed it for Dallas. He was easily the first star of the game and has now recorded back-to-back shutouts.

Dallas got the first and only goal of the game from Jamie Benn four minutes into the period. Brenden Morrow flew down the right wing and passed cross ice to a wide open Benn. Benn had an easy shot that he calmly put by Matt Hackett. Steve Ott also had a good play as he raced down the middle of the ice to draw defenders to him, freeing up Benn for that shot.

This win wasn’t very pretty, but it helps set up Dallas for another winnable game tomorrow against the Winnipeg Jets.

Dallas gets up to 83 points with the win tonight. It keeps them four points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes for the division lead.

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2nd Period Intermission Report: Stars 0 - Wild 0

The lack of scoring in this period reflects how soul-sucking this game is. There’s no energy in the building and the game is mirroring how lifeless they are.

The first five minutes of the period were actually energetic as the Stars put in a flurry of shots on Matt Hackett but nothing was put by him. Any shot that the Stars had were from distance and were not screened.

The Wild had a small period of pressure in the Stars end about midway through the period and had a golden opportunity to score on a rebound. Kari Lehtonen stopped a shot and put the rebound right in front of him. He barely stopped the rebound with a right pad save to keep the game scoreless.

The Wild would have a couple more chances, but again Lehtonen would be there to stone them.

The Wild had three power plays in the period but they were all fruitless. Brenden Morrow continued his parade to the penalty box with two more minors.

Overall, this game is really bogging down and the Stars need to wake up. The longer this stays scoreless, the more difficult it will be to make a comeback if it’s needed.

Dallas is out-shooting the Wild 19-17 after two periods.

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1st Period Intermission Report: Stars 0 - Wild 0

This game is going just like every other game between the Wild and the Stars, slowly. There were few shots and even fewer scoring chances to begin this game.

Minnesota is just packing in the defense to prevent the Stars for scoring. All five guys for the Wild are gathering around the net when the Stars are in the offensive zone and are determined not to allow a goal.

Michael Ryder had one of the best chances for a goal when he had a rebound chance at a point blank range. His low shot was easily stopped by Matt Hackett though.

The second chance for the Stars was two-on-one where Jamie Benn found himself in front of the net and trying to out-maneuver Hackett. Benn ended up losing the puck and that chance was lost as well.

The Wild had one power play chance with five minutes left in the period when Vernon Fiddler took a cross-checking penalty but there wasn’t a whole lot for the Wild. Dany Heatley had one good chance but Lehtonen was there to stop it.

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Stars Vs. Wild 2012: Dallas Faces Minnesota For Sixth Straight Win

Even with injuries, the Dallas Stars are making a run toward their sixth straight win facing the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

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