Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Kari Lehtonen posted 27 stops for his
first shutout of the year to lead the Dallas Stars in a 2-0 win over the Los
Angeles Kings on Thursday.
Ryan Garbutt and Jason Spezza scored for the Stars, who have won their past
two after dropping seven in a row.
“It was a great road game by us and our goaltender had a really great game,”
said Spezza. “That first win to stop a losing streak is tough to get, but once
you do it really helps with the confidence.”
Martin Jones allowed both goals on 27 shots for the Kings, who have lost seven
of their last nine games.
Garbutt scored at 13:13 of the first period on a shot from a sharp angle at
the left side of the net for his third of the year.
Dallas had a goal waived off in the second period as a replay showed that the
puck had hit the netting over the boards several seconds before the goal.
However, the team scored quickly after, as Jamie Benn fired a pass from the
right wing to the left where Spezza skated it over to the slot and wristed it
in with Tyler Seguin providing a screen in front.
Lehtonen kept the Kings off the board with a beautiful diving glove save on a
Jarret Stoll shot with just under seven minutes to play in the second.
Los Angeles pulled Jones with 2 1/2 minutes to play, but was unable to get any
pressure on Lehtonen.
Lehtonen has 28 shutouts in his career … Dallas hosts Minnesota on Saturday
… Los Angeles hosts Anaheim on Saturday … Los Angeles had taken a 3-1
decision over the Stars in Dallas on Nov. 4 … Dallas went 0-for-4 on the
power play while Los Angeles was 0-for-3.