Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Kari Lehtonen stopped all 18 shots he faced
for his second shutout of the season as the Dallas Stars got a much-needed 4-0
win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.
Ray Whitney, Jordie Benn, Vernon Fiddler and Erik Cole all scored for the
Stars, who desperately needed this win as the team had lost nine of their last
10 games entering this game.
Darcy Kuemper gave up all four goals on 36 shots for the Wild, who had won
seven of nine coming into the contest.
Dallas got on the board at 13:18 of the first period as Fiddler's shot from
the high slot hit off Wild and went into the net for his third of the year.
It was a 2-0 game 3 1/2 minutes later as, on the power play, Cole snapped a
shot into the right corner of the net from the left circle for his 14th of the
The only goal of the second period went to Dallas, as Whitney's wrister on the
power play found the back of the net for a 3-0 lead at 13:18 of the frame.
Benn was awarded a penalty shot when Kuemper threw his stick at Benn on a
breakaway, and capitalized on his free shot as he dipped his shoulder then
slipped the puck around the right pad for a 4-0 lead at 11:22.
Lehtonen stopped nine shots in the third to polish off his 24th career
Dallas hosts Toronto on Thursday ... Minnesota hosts Chicago on Thursday ...
Minnesota had won the previous two contests with Dallas this season ...
Lehtonen has 24 shutouts in his career ... Dallas was 2-for-7 on the power
play, while Minnesota was 0-for-4.
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