Tag: Tim Thomas

Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley

Stars get big win vs. Wild after retiring Modano’s number


On a night in which the Dallas Stars retired Mike Modano’s No. 9, Tyler Seguin continues to play in a way that might get his No. 91 in the rafters one day, too.

The Stars made the Minnesota Wild pay for Erik Haula charging Kari Lehtonen on Saturday, as Seguin scored the game-tying goal during a five-minute power play. The 22-year-old now has eight points in his last two games after tonight’s one-goal, two-assist output.

Erik Cole notched the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining, showing plenty of patience and skill in finding the net for the 15th time this season.

Tim Thomas came in for Lehtonen late in the game thanks to that collision and eventually received an unusual win by making all six relief saves in 13:23 of game time. The Stars may very well need him to be sharp if Lehtonen’s issues are serious.

That thought is grim, but for the most part, the Stars showed that they might have the star power to finally carry the torch from the franchise’s gravy days with Modano.

Stars believe Lehtonen suffered concussion from Haula collision (update)


Update: Stars head coach Lindy Ruff told the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika that Lehtonen might have suffered a concussion from that hit. They expect to know more on Sunday.

The Dallas Stars acquired Tim Thomas as goaltending insurance for Kari Lehtonen. It didn’t take long for Thomas to be pressed into duty, as Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula received a game misconduct and five-minute major for charging Lehtonen.

The 30-year-old goalie was left bloodied after the collision. Here’s video of the hit:

Tyler Seguin tied the game with a power-play goal on the resulting five-minute opportunity. That matches his career-high of 29 goals in one season, with more than a month left in the season.

It’s the kind of spirited effort that seems like a fitting honor to Mike Modano, although he probably didn’t appreciate the collision.

(This wasn’t the only questionable moment of the game, as Matt Cooke also delivered a knee-to-knee on Valeri Nichushkin.)

PHT Morning Skate: Lehtonen excited to play with Thomas

Kari Lehtonen

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Kari Lehtonen could’ve been upset at hearing of Tim Thomas’ arrival in Dallas after the deadline day deal. Instead, he’s anxious to meet him and appreciates that Thomas, “likes Finnish people.” (Stars.com)

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More goalie talk: Blues goalie Brian Elliott totally gets why the team went out and got Ryan Miller. (Post-Dispatch)

Add Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi to the list of people saying the salary cap will only jump to $68 million next season thanks to a weaker Canadian dollar. (Los Angeles Times)

Boston’s Shawn Thornton says the Bruins are a “confident bunch” as the season rolls towards the playoffs. They should be, they’re probably the best team in the East right now. (CSNNE.com)

Zdeno Chara is happy to have countryman Andrej Meszaros there to help out. It’s good to keep the captain happy. (CSNNE.com)

Paul Stastny is glad to have trade deadline day behind him so the rumors can stop. (The Denver Post)

Finally, in today’s weird news, Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux are going to have a different kind of opponent coming up soon:

Don’t fall for the hidden ball trick, you guys.

Goalie nods: Lehtonen goes for Stars, Zatkoff for Pens

Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on October 3, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
(October 2, 2013 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)

News and notes from around the blue paint…

Timmy’s in town, but Kari starts

Kari Lehtonen will get the start for Dallas tonight against Vancouver, but will do so with a new backup — Tim Thomas.

Acquired from Florida yesterday, Thomas will take the place of the outgoing Dan Ellis (now a member of the Panthers) and, according to head coach Lindy Ruff, will have the opportunity for some playing time with the Stars.

“I want to give Tim the opportunity to play,” Stars bench boss Lindy Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “If he plays well, I’ll give him the chance to play.”

Eddie Lack will get the start tonight for Vancouver. For more on the Lethonen-Thomas situation, click here.

Zatkoff in for Pens

Jeff Zatkoff will be in goal for Pittsburgh tonight when it takes on the Sharks in San Jose.

Zatkoff hasn’t started since Jan. 30 but his last outing was a good one, stopping 30 of 31 shots in a win over the Kings. The former Miami of Ohio standout is 9-2-1 on the year with a 2.64 GAA and .909 save percentage.

Antti Niemi will be in goal for the Sharks tonight — he’s currently in a battle for playing time with Alex Stalock, who has started three times since the Olympic break ended.


Capitals at Bruins: Braden Holtby for Caps (read more here), Tuukka Rask likely for B’s.

Kings at Jets: Jonathan Quick vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Sabres at Lightning: Jhonas Enroth for Buffalo; Anders Lindback likely for Bolts.

Blues at Preds: Ryan Miller for St. Louis; no word yet on a Nashville starter.

Blue Jackets at ‘Hawks: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Corey Crawford

Avalanche at Red Wings: J.S. Giguere vs. Jimmy Howard

Canadiens at Coyotes: Mike Smith likely for Phoenix; no word on a Montreal starter.

Islanders at Oilers: Evgeni Nabokov vs. Ben Scrivens

Thomas ‘upset’ about Dallas deal, but could he challenge Lehtonen?

Tim Thomas

Dale Tallon acknowledged Tim Thomas wasn’t happy with the deal that sent him to Dallas — “I don’t blame him for being upset,” Tallon told the Florida Sun-Sentinel — but according to his new head coach, Thomas might be getting a golden opportunity.

“I want to give Tim the opportunity to play,” Stars bench boss Lindy Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “If he plays well, I’ll give him the chance to play.”

Dallas GM Jim Nill said he made this deal because the Stars are “serious about making the playoffs and making a statement in the playoffs.” Ruff knows the importance of postseason goaltending, as his deepest runs in Buffalo came on the strength of outstanding performances by Dominik Hasek (’99 Stanley Cup Final) and Ryan Miller (’06 and ’07 Conference Finals). While Lehtonen is the No. 1 in Dallas, his postseason resume — two games — pales to that of Thomas’.

What’s more, Thomas has the chance for starts with Dallas’ busy schedule down the stretch:


That’s 20 games in 38 days for a team clinging to the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Stars have a pair of back-to-backs and will play seven of their final 10 games on the road — at that point, the decision as to who starts in goal will undoubtedly come down to who gives Dallas the best chance of winning.

According to Nill, winning is exactly why he brought Thomas aboard.

“We had the opportunity to pick up a goalie who has won a Stanley Cup and has strong playoff experience,” he explained. “This solidifies maybe the most important position on the team.”