Mar 21, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Dallas Stars left wing Ray Whitney (13) celebrates with center Cody Eakin (20) and left wing Loui Eriksson (21) after scoring a goal in the third period as Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll (28) watches at the Staples Center. The Stars defeated the Kings 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kari Lehtonen Stands on His Head as Stars Halt Kings' Win Streak

Game 30: Kings Lose 2-0, fall to 17-11-2

LOS ANGELES – After turning away 40 shots on Tuesday night, the shoe was on the other foot on Thursday as the Los Angeles Kings fired 40 shots on DallasKari Lehtonen. The Finnish netminder, however, turned away every one of them as he earned his first shutout of the season defeating the silver-and-black by a score of 2-0 handing the Kings just the third home loss of the year.

Mar 21, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Dallas Stars players Vernon Fiddler (38) and Eric Nystrom (bottom) collide with Los Angeles Kings center Colin Fraser (center) at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There was no scoring for the first two periods but fans were able to witness some great goaltending on both ends. While he wasn’t as busy as his counterpart, Jonathan Quick certainly brought his A-game making 19 saves, calmly keeping his team in it despite not being able to muster anything on the other end of the ice.

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the deadlock was broken early in the third as Jaromir Jagr banked a shot off the skate of Drew Doughty and into the back of the net for the future Hall-of-Famer‘s 12th. Then, just over halfway through the third, it was Dallas’ other senior statesman who supplied the insurance as soon-to-be 41-year-old Ray Whitney finished of a great-looking give-and-go to put the Stars by a pair. That was all the scoring in this one and the Kings’ three-game winning streaks comes to end.

In terms of pointing the finger, no one can be blamed for the loss. In fact, the biggest factor was hands-down Kari Lehtonen who turned away 12 shots in the first, saved all 18 in the second and an extra 10 in the third. Considering he had just played (and lost) the previous night in Denver, the fact that Lehtonen was so lights out is pretty remarkable.

In terms of the first goal, it was an unlucky break that the puck banked off Doughty’s skate but the defenseman certainly can’t be faulted for that.

With the loss, the Kings now fall to 0-2-0 against their division rivals from Texas this season and hope to bounce back Saturday night as they close out their homestand against the always-entertaining Vancouver Canucks.

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