In recent years, the Dallas Stars' annual trips through the New York metropolitan area have been disappointments. Kari Lehtonen is making this holiday season's visit one to remember.
Fresh off a milestone win, Lehtonen looks to extend a personal run over the New Jersey Devils and lift Dallas to its sixth victory in seven road games on Friday night at Prudential Center.
Starting in 2014-15, the Stars have been outscored 47-33 while posting a 4-7-1 record when traveling to face the Devils, New York Islanders and New York Rangers.
A starter for much of his 14 NHL seasons, Lehtonen is relegated to a backup role behind Ben Bishop. However, the 34-year-old Finn has Dallas (18-13-1) in position to complete the sweep.
On Monday, Lehtonen stopped 24 shots through overtime and two of three tries in the shootout of a 2-1 victory over the Rangers. Two nights later, he earned his 300th win by registering 32 saves in a 5-2 triumph over the Islanders.
"It's nice to be up there, that's a big number for a goalie," said Lehtonen, selected second overall in the 2002 draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. "Never really thought I'd get that." << Read more
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