Tag: Tim Thomas


Lehtonen hooked, Thomas makes Dallas playoff debut


Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen was chased from Friday’s game in Anaheim after allowing five goals on 21 shots, paving the way for Tim Thomas to make his Stars postseason debut.

Lehtonen, who stopped 58 of 60 shots in back-to-back wins in Dallas — recording his first-ever postseason shutout in the process — couldn’t replicate that success at the Honda Center. He was OK through two periods, making 16 saves on 19 shots, but was hooked less than five minutes into the third after surrendering two goals on his first two shots faced.

Thomas, who hasn’t played in the postseason since backstopping Boston during the opening round of the ’12 playoffs, looked a little shaky upon entering the contest, gambling on a poke check and missing as Corey Perry scored to make it 6-2 Ducks.

Goalie nods: McElhinney goes for Jackets, Lehtonen looks to clinch for Stars


News and notes from around the crease…

Bob gets a break

Having already clinched the second playoff berth in franchise history, Columbus will give No. 1 goalie Sergei Bobrovsky a rest tonight and start backup Curtis McElhinney against Tampa Bay.

McElhinney hasn’t played much lately — his last start was on Mar. 29, when stopped 25 of 27 shots in a win over the Hurricanes — but there is some pressure tonight, as the Jackets could move ahead of Philadelphia for third place in the Metropolitan Division by earning at least one point. The Bolts also have something to play for, as they can overtake first-round opponent Montreal for second in the Atlantic Division, and get a leg up in the battle for home ice advantage.

Tampa Bay will start Anders Lindback in goal.

Lehtonen looks to clinch

Dallas can get into the playoffs for the first time in five years with any sort of victory — regulation, overtime or shootout — against the Blues, and the Stars will try to get there with Kari Lehtonen in goal. The Finnish netminder last played in a win over Nashville on Tuesday (stopping 27 of 29 shots) and was given Wednesday night off as a result (Tim Thomas was in for a loss to Columbus).

Tonight, Lehtonen is back and looking to fare better against the Blues than he has in the past — he’s 1-1-1 vs. St. Louis this season, with a 3.52 GAA and .867 save percentage.

For the Blues, Ryan Miller will be in net.


‘Hawks at Caps: Corey Crawford for Chicago, no word yet on a Washington starter.

Isles at Devils: No word from either team.

Jets at Flames: Karri Ramo likely for Calgary, no word on Winnipeg’s starter.

Avalanche at Sharks: Reto Berra vs. Alex Stalock

Blue Jackets defeat Stars, clinch playoff berth

Columbus Blue Jackets v Dallas Stars

For only the second time in their franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets are going back to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Blue Jackets clinched their spot in the post-season with a 3-1 win over the host Dallas Stars on Wednesday. This game was a makeup for the March 10 meeting between the two teams, which was postponed after Dallas forward Rich Peverley collapsed due to a cardiac event.

Columbus was leading that game 1-0 on a goal from Nathan Horton early in the first period, when Peverley collapsed and was eventually taken to hospital.

Horton did not play Wednesday, however he was still credited with the opening goal, which the league has now given to him at the 0:00 mark of this game.

The Blue Jackets took a three-goal lead in the first period – they only needed to score twice in order for that to happen – before holding on to for the win and two points.

Not that the Stars, in a playoff race of their own in the Western Conference, didn’t try to pull out all the stops in the third period to try and at least get a single point.

As per Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Stars head coach Lindy Ruff pulled Tim Thomas from the net on a power play just before the midway point of the third period. The bold move did result in a goal from Trevor Daley, but that was all the Stars would get.

‘Canes chase Lehtonen with three goals in under five minutes

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Fighting for their playoff lives, the Dallas Stars were forced to hook starting goalie Kari Lehtonen after a second period implosion against Carolina on Thursday.

The ‘Canes scored three goals in a span of 4:35, building a commanding 3-0 lead and forcing Stars head coach Lindy Ruff to respond by hooking Lehtonen in favor of Tim Thomas.

Dallas began unraveling early in the middle frame, as Carolina captain Eric Staal scored his 19th of the season at the 2:30 mark. Ninety-seven seconds later, Justin Faulk scored on the power play to make it 2-0 and, less than three minutes after that, John-Michael Liles scored his second of the season to end Lehtonen’s night prematurely.

The Finnish netminder wasn’t the only Dallas player to experience a tough second period. Rookie defenseman Patrik Nemeth, playing in just his second NHL contest, took both penalties that Carolina converted — one for hooking, and one for delay of game after flipping the puck over the glass.

It’s worth noting that Dallas did respond to the goalie change, as Tyler Seguin scored his 34th goal of the season just a short while after Thomas entered.



Goalie nods: Greiss to face Pens, Miller looks to bump mini-slump


News and notes from around the crease…

Greiss goes for Coyotes

He was scheduled to start tonight’s game against Pittsburgh anyway, but Thomas Greiss figures to have a bit more pressure on him now that Mike Smith is out with a lower-body injury.

Greiss came on in relief of Smith during last night’s 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers, allowing two goals on nine shots — including the winner in the extra frame. Now, the 28-year-old German will carry the load until Smith is healthy. Greiss hasn’t played much this year, boasting a 7-5-2 record in just 16 appearances, but does have a good save percentage (.924) and goals-against average (2.38).

For the Penguins, Marc-Andre Fleury will get the start in goal.

Miller looks to rebound

Ryan Miller is aiming to snap his first slump as a Blue tonight when he squares off against Toronto.

After starting 8-0-1 with St. Louis, Miller has lost his last two starts while allowing seven goals, posting an .844 save percentage. Miller’s slide was exacerbated by the fact his backup, Brian Elliott, was stellar in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Pittsburgh, stopping all 33 shot faced for his fourth shutout of the season.

For the Leafs, no official starter has been named… but it appears Jonathan Bernier is set to return from a groin injury.


Kings at Capitals: Jaroslav Halak for Washington; Martin Jones could go for L.A. after Jonathan Quick played last night against Philly.

Isles at ‘Canes: Anders Nilsson vs. Cam Ward

Red Wings at Blue Jackets: Jimmy Howard vs. Sergei Bobrovsky

Sens at Panthers: Roberto Luongo for Florida; Robin Lehner probable for Ottawa.

Sabres at Canadiens: Matthew Hackett vs. Carey Price

Stars at Blackhawks: Corey Crawford likely for Chicago; Tim Thomas could go for Dallas after Kari Lehtonen played last night against Winnipeg.

Avs at Preds: Semyon Varlamov for Colorado; no word yet on a Nashville starter.

Sharks at Oilers: Ben Scrivens for Edmonton; Antti Niemi likely for San Jose.