Kari Lehtonen G DAL 4 Months

Don't be surprised if Dallas trades for a young goalie to back up starter Kari Lehtonen.

They have highly touted Jack Campbell in their system, but the 22-year-old can't seem to stay healthy. So the Stars may look outside the organization for an up and coming netminder. One of Boston's young stud prospects Malcolm Subban and Niklas Svedberg may be available. As well, Detroit may be willing to part with Petr Mrazek or Tom McCollum if they re-sign UFA Jonas Gustavsson. Stay tuned.

Kari Lehtonen G DAL 5 Months

Veteran goalie Kari Lehtonen stopped 25 Anaheim shots but allowed five goals en route to the Stars' 5-4 overtime loss to the Ducks in Dallas Sunday night.

The loss eliminated the Stars from the playoffs in six games. It would be stretching it to suggest that Lehtonen had anything more than an average series. His GAA was 3.29 and he finished with a save percentage of .885.

Kari Lehtonen G DAL 5 Months

Kari Lehtonen is projected to start in Game 6 on Sunday.

Lehtonen was the first goaltender off the ice after the morning skate, which is usually a good indicator of who will play between the pipes. This isn't much of a surprise, but it's still worth noting after Lehtonen allowed five goals on 21 shots before being pulled on Friday.

Kari Lehtonen G DAL 5 Months

Kari Lehtonen allowed five goals on only 21 shots in Dallas' 6-2 loss to Anaheim Friday night.

The Stars replaced Lehtonen with Tim Thomas in the third period, but that didn't help. Thomas lunged far out of his crease to try and poke the puck away from Corey Perry near the left circle, but he rounded the goalkeeper like someone would in soccer and scored into the open net for a 6-2 lead. The Stars and the Ducks will meet again in Dallas on Sunday and Lehtonen should be between the pipes then.

Kari Lehtonen G DAL 5 Months

Kari Lehtonen was solid in goal for the Stars Wednesday as they outlasted Anaheim to earn a 4-2 victory in Game 4 of their opening round playoff series.

Lehtonen turned aside 21 of 23 shots in the victory, during which Dallas trailed by a score of 2-0 before mounting their comeback. The series shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5 on Friday.

Kari Lehtonen G DAL 5 Months

Kari Lehtonen stopped was perfect and stopped all 37 shots he faced in Dallas' 3-0 win over Anaheim in Game 3 Monday night.

Lehtonen had a rough start to the series against Anaheim with two losses and only .870 save percentage. Now Lehtonen was rock solid for the entire 60 minutes, making several big saves, including a diving stop on Anaheim center Saku Koivu early in the second period. It was Lehtonen's first career playoff victory and shutout and he should be the starter in Game 4 also on Wednesday.

Kari Lehtonen G DAL 5 Months

Kari Lehtonen is expected to start in Game 3 after he was the first goalie off the ice in the morning.

That shouldn't come as a surprise even though he's had a rough series against Anaheim so far. Lehtonen has an .870 save percentage and a 3.56 goals-against average after two contests.

Kari Lehtonen G DAL 5 Months

Kari Lehtonen let in three goals on 19 shots in Dallas' 3-2 loss to Anaheim Friday night.

It was a difficult game for Lehtonen as the Ducks scored some pretty goals. Lehtonen was outplayed by Frederik Andersen and the Stars lost their second straight to Anaheim. The Ducks and the Stars will play their next game on Monday in Dallas and Lehtonen will probably start again then.

Kari Lehtonen G DAL 5 Months

Kari Lehtonen allowed four goals on 35 shots in Dallas' 4-3 loss to Anaheim Wednesday evening at Honda Center.

It wasn't a good start for Lehtonen as he allowed three goals in the first period. After the first period he played much better, but it was too late. Despite his shaky performance he should be the starting goalie on Friday, when the Stars and the Ducks will face again.

Kari Lehtonen G DAL 5 Months

Goalie Kari Lehtonen is determined to push the Dallas Stars forward in the playoffs and is comfortable he can do so his way.

"I'm excited for this opportunity," Lehtonen 30, said of starting the playoffs Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks. "We've been working for this, and now we want to get in there and see what we can do. It's a great time." Lehtonen added: "I have worked all year for this moment, and I think I'm ready." Lehtonen overcame a concussion and a groin strain to play in a league-high 65 games this season. He last was in the postseason in 2007 as a member of the Atlanta Thrashers. Just 23 at the time, he had helped the Thrashers make the playoffs for the first time by forging a 34-24-9 record.