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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Kari Lehtonen Makes 23 Saves as Stars Blank Avalanche 3-0

The Stars shut out the Avs in Denver. Plus, Patrick Sharp is on IR, and the Texas Stars cruised to an impressive win yesterday.

Dallas Stars v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

After an early goal from Curtis McKenzie put Dallas up 1-0, the Stars held onto the lead to beat the Avalanche 3-0.

Tyler Seguin scored the Stars’ second goal of the night, reminding us that he is Very Good at Hockey.

An empty-netter from Eaves rounded out the win, which Kari Lehtonen called a “whole team shutout.”

The Finnish goalie didn’t face a high quantity of shots, but he limited the number of second-chance opportunities by holding on onto rebounds. Lehtonen was also positionally sound throughout the game, and he made a handful of ‘positional saves’ through traffic when Colorado fired 13 shots in the first period.

“They played smart and kept them outside,” Lehtonen said after the game. “That showed how well the unit really played together (in front of me.)”

Here’s what Seguin had to say about the win.

And here’s Lindy Ruff on “playing the game right way.”

For more on the game, you know what to do. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

Before puck drop yesterday, the Stars announced that Patrick Sharp has been placed on IR with concussion-like symptoms. [NHL]

Julius Honka, who celebrated his 21st birthday yesterday, says he knows his game can get better. [SportsDayDFW]

After blocking a Tyler Seguin shot in last night’s game, Erik Johnson will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken fibula.

Here’s your friendly reminder to vote for who you want to see in the ASG.

The Texas Stars crushed the Manitoba Moose 6-1 yesterday. Jason Dickinson had a Gordie Howe hat trick, while Denis Gurianov notched two points of his own. [Wrong Side of the Red Line]

Elsewhere in the #MDK...

  • Bad news for Chicago fans: Corey Crawford will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing an appendectomy. The Crawford-less Blackhawks lost to the Flyers 4-1, but one Hawk still had a good day—emergency backup goalie 23-year-old Eric Semborski. [Second City Hockey]
  • The Predators blew a three-goal lead and lost to the Devils in overtime 5-4. [On the Forecheck]
  • Rookie sensation Patrik Laine netted his 16th goal of the season in the Jets’ 3-2 overtime victory vs. the Blues. [CBC]

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns tried his hand at a different profession.

Take a look back at the top 10 goals from the past week, featuring—who else?—Jamie Oleksiak. [NHL]

The teddy bears were flying at last night’s Idaho Steelheads game.

Would the Canadiens ever trade Max Pacioretty? [Sportsnet]

Here’s your regular reminder that Jaromir Jagr is probably not human.

Five lines around the league that you really wouldn’t want to play against. [The Score]

Just when you think you’ve seen it all...

The latest hockey hotbed? Huntsville, Alabama. [New York Times]

And finally, if you want to catch up on the latest Stars Insider, here’s your chance.