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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Lehtonen's Debut Earns National Praise

Dallas Stars fans and Chicago Blackhawks forwards weren't the only people who came away impressed with the performance of Kari Lehtonen in the Stars' season-opening 2-1 victory.

Lehtonen, who had 37 saves on 38 shots and was just pretty all-around brilliant, was named's No. 1 star of the night, and he also picked up the No. 2 star of the night from Puck Daddy.

Things got particularly hairy in the second period when the Hawks had 22 shots and several power plays, during which Lehtonen turned everything away.

"All the penalties seemed to be (against) us," Lehtonen said. "It was a tough task there, but the penalty killing unit took most of the crazy chances away. It was a great battle. I was able to see the puck well tonight."

After the jump, everyone loves Jamie Benn, Adam Burish thinks he'll play today and is doing his part to make the rivalry a little more interesting and now we know where Nyjer Morgan got his potty mouth from.


  • Mac Engel is smitten with Jamie Benn. He's not the only one. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
  • Understandably for a first-time NHL coach, Glen Gulutzan is a little relieved about getting his first win, as Mark Stepneski details in this game recap. [ESPN Dallas]
  • Official site recap with links to highlights, photos and stats. []
  • Scouting the enemy, part the first: It looks like both teams came away from this game with a mixed-bag sort of feel. Also of note is that the Hawks are optimistic about the status of Dave Bolland for today's game. [CSN Chicago]
  • Scouting the enemy, part the second: Why isn't Dan "Car Bomb" Carcillo playing in the home-and-home against Dallas? Because he's sitting out a two-game suspension earned at the end of last season. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Adam Burish, who said he expects to play today, and Patrick Sharp are not helping interteam relationships. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Razor breaks out the thesaurus and a very interesting hat to bring us his thoughts on what to expect this season. [Razor With An Edge]
  • Charlottetown's mayor says his town is unlikely to invite the Stars for training camp against next year. Honestly, he comes off as a bit of a putz in this story. []
  • Around the Pacific Division, which is really the European Road Trip division right now: the Buffalo Sabres topped the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 and the Los Angeles Kings came back to defeat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime. [Yahoo/Yahoo]
  • And speaking of those games, we had a light tap of the Shanahammer on Mats Zuccarello, stemming from a call that left analyst and former terrible coach Mike Milbury screaming mad. [Puck Daddy]
  • For anyone wondering where Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Nyjer Morgan got his language issues from, apparently he was a junior hockey player in his younger days. Silly sport with colorful language. []