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32 Kari Lehtonen G
Height/Weight: 6-4/210 | Birthdate: 11/16/1983 | Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland | Team: Dallas Stars | College: None | NHL Experience: 10 | Salary: $4,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 82/62
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4/28/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars, Lehtonen Collapse Late In Elimination Game

Kari Lehtonen

Stars, Lehtonen Collapse Late In Elimination Game

News: Kari Lehtonen allowed the Ducks' Nick Bonino to score the game-winning goal in Sunday's series-ending Game 6 loss. In total, the goalie surrendered five tallies on 30 shots.
Analysis: It looked like the two teams would be headed for a decisive Game 7 with the Stars holding a 4-2 lead with five minutes remaining in the third period, but the Ducks rallied for two late scores to send the game to overtime, where Anaheim ended up prevailing. It's a devastating loss for Kari Lehtonen, who will begin the offseason wondering what went wrong in his final two games of the series. He had allowed five goals in Game 5 as well, ultimately receiving the early yank in favor of backup Tim Thomas.

4/25/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars Yank Lehtonen In Game 5 Loss

News: Kari Lehtonen allowed five goals on 21 shots (.762) before being pulled from the crease in a 6-2 loss at Anaheim on Friday.
Analysis: He's been dreadful on the road and solid at home in this series. If that trend continues, you'll want him in your lineup for Sunday's Game 6 in Dallas.

4/25/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen Will Start For Stars In Game 5

News: Kari Lehtonen will again be between the pipes for the Stars on Friday, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: Barring a complete collapse, Kari Lehtonen will likely get the start in each game for the rest of the series. He played well in Dallas and the team gained some momentum, but he'll be challenged to do so in Anaheim, where he allowed seven goals in the first two games.

4/23/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Allows Two In Win

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped 21 of the 23 shots he faced in Wednesday's win over the Ducks.
Analysis: The Stars evened up their Round 1 series Wednesday, as the Ducks were without Ryan Getzlaf (upper body) and Teemu Selanne (healthy scratch). Kari Lehtonen will look to continue his stellar play Friday when the series heads back to Anaheim for Game 5.

4/21/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Blanks Ducks

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots he faced in a shootout win over the Ducks in Monday's Game 3.
Analysis: The Stars were still outplayed and outshot, but Kari Lehtonen carried them to their first win of the series. He may need to steal a couple more games if Dallas is going to pull the series upset.

4/21/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen Will Start For Stars Monday

News: Kari Lehtonen is getting the nod in Game 3, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen let in three goals on 19 shots in Game 2 and will be looking to rebound as the series comes to Dallas.

4/19/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Flops Friday

News: Kari Lehtonen gave up three goals on 19 shots, as the Ducks raced to a 2-0 advantage in their first-round series with the Stars.
Analysis: Although his defense did well to limit the Ducks' shot attempts, Kari Lehtonen was outmatched by opposing goalie Frederik Andersen for the second consecutive game. He's posted save percentages below .900 in his two starts in the series.

4/18/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen In Goal Friday

News: Kari Lehtonen warmed up prior to Friday's game and will start in goal, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen will be in net for Friday's Game 2, despite conceding three first-period goals in Game 1. At this point, it would be surprising if Lehtonen didn't start each of the Stars' subsequent playoff games.

4/17/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Struggles Early Against Ducks

News: Kari Lehtonen allowed three first-period goals in a 4-3 loss to Anaheim in Wednesday's playoff opener.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen put his team in a 4-0 hole 30 minutes into the game, but played better as the game went along and nearly benefited as Dallas rallied late. He'll be in net for Game 2 on Friday.

4/17/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars Roll With Lehtonen For Game 1

News: Kari Lehtonen will be in the crease for Game 1 of the Stars' first-round series with the Ducks, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Frankly, it would be more surprising if Kari Lehtonen didn't make the start for every game throughout the playoffs than if he did. The Stars will lean heavily on their netminder as they return to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons.

4/11/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Shuts Out Blues

News: Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves to shut out the Blues on Friday.
Analysis: On the strength of Kari Lehtonen's fifth shutout of the season against a woefully undermanned Blues squad, the Stars clinched their first playoff berth since the 2008-09 campaign, the longest drought in franchise history. With the Stars' playoff spot now secure, look for backup Tim Thomas to get the nod in Sunday's finale against the Coyotes.

4/11/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen On Pace To Start Friday

News: Kari Lehtonen is on track to start Friday's game against the Blues, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' website reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen gave way to Tim Thomas on Wednesday night, but he will be back between the pipes Friday night. Lehtonen has not given up more than three goals in a start since March 18.

4/9/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Won't Start Wednesday

News: Updating a previous report, Kari Lehtonen won't start in the net Wednesday night, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen will give way to Tim Thomas on Wednesday night, who led the Stars onto the ice for pre-game warmups.

4/9/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Start Postponed Game

News: Kari Lehtonen will be in the net Wednesday to start against the Blue Jackets in a game previously postponed Mar. 10, Jeff Rimer of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Analysis: The game was stopped 6:23 into the first period after Rich Peverley had a cardiac emergency and needed to be hospitalized. The Blue Jackets held a 1-0 lead before Peverley collapsed on the bench, and that score will carry over to Wednesday, putting Kari Lehtonen at a one-goal disadvantage out of the gates. The two teams will still play a full 60-minute game.

4/8/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen Gets Another Win For Stars

News: Kari Lehtonen grabbed his 32nd win of the season Tuesday, stopping 27 of 29 against the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen has had a solid season despite some rough patches. Most surprising is that he's played the most games of any tender in the league. With Dan Ellis as his backup most of the season, you knew Lehtonen would see the lion's share, but you didn't expect to see 64-plus games from him this season.

4/8/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Likely Tuesday Starter

News: Kari Lehtonen is in line to start Tuesday's game against the Preds, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: With four games left on their regular season slate, the Stars are in must-win mode, clinging to the final playoff seed in the West, with a one-point margin over the Coyotes.

4/6/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Lets In Three In Loss

News: Kari Lehtonen made 21 saves on 24 shots in a loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen came up big Saturday against the Lightning, but could not match that effort in the second night of a back-to-back. With the Stars still fighting for a playoff spot, Lehtonen could get every start the rest of the way.

4/6/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars Stick With Lehtonen

News: Kari Lehtonen will start Sunday's game against the Panthers, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen -- who backstopped Saturday's 5-2 win over the Lightning -- will return to the Dallas net once again Sunday, this time opposite Roberto Luongo of the Panthers.

4/6/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Shuts Down Lightning

News: Kari Lehtonen turned away 27 of 29 shots to down the Lightning on Saturday.
Analysis: The wins continue to pile up for Kari Lehtonen, who has notched six victories in his last eight starts. His winning ways have allowed the Stars to hold off the Coyotes for the final playoff spot out West for the time being, but with just a one-point lead in the standings, the Stars may not be able to give him a game off the rest of the way.

4/5/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Starting Saturday

News: Kari Lehtonen led the Stars onto the ice for pregame warmups and thus figures to start Saturday's game against Tampa Bay, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: The Stars are vying for a wild-card spot and will predictably send their horse back out for an eighth consecutive start. Kari Lehtonen has won five of his last seven, but he gave up three goals in a 4-1 loss to the Canes on Wednesday.

4/5/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Expected To Start Sunday

News: Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in goal Sunday against the Lightning, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen got the hook Thursday after allowing three goals on 16 shots but he's had a pretty strong season overall, making it rather easy to overlook the occasional hiccup. He gave up four goals on 21 shots in a loss to Tampa back on March 1.

4/3/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Gets Hook Thursday

News: Kari Lehtonen was yanked close to midway through Thursday's loss in Carolina after allowing three goals on 16 shots.
Analysis: After Kari Lehtonen and the Stars allowed a three-goal flurry in a span of less than five minutes, he was replaced by Tim Thomas, who saved 15 of 16 in relief. Lehtonen's been playing quite well, so we'll cut him a break on this one.

4/3/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Stars' Lehtonen Set To Face Hurricanes On Thursday

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen Set To Face Hurricanes On Thursday

News: Kari Lehtonen was the first goalie off the ice at morning skate and looks on track to start Thursday against the Hurricanes, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen is coming off a dominant, 35-save shutout of the Capitals and will be searching for his fourth straight win Thursday. His 30 victories on the season rank ninth among all goaltenders.

4/1/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL Lehtonen Stops 35 As Stars Silence Caps

Kari Lehtonen

Lehtonen Stops 35 As Stars Silence Caps

News: Kari Lehtonen stopped all 35 shots fired on him by Alex Ovechkin & Co. in Tuesday's 5-0 win over Washington.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen's fourth shutout of the season, it's also his fifth win in six starts and his 30th of the year. The Finnish goalie is putting the finishing touches on an excellent campaign.

4/1/2014

Kari Lehtonen, G, DAL

Kari Lehtonen

Stars' Lehtonen To Start On Tuesday

News: Kari Lehtonen will start Tuesday's game against the Caps, the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Kari Lehtonen, who has earned victories in his last two starts -- and won four of five overall -- is slated to square off against the Caps' Jaroslav Halak on Tuesday.