Stars 3, Oilers 1 - Kari Lehtonen: Glove Doctor


There’s been more than a few games that Edmonton had wished were over long before the final buzzer.

This wasn’t one of those games.  Edmonton played another stand-up game against Dallas, yet again they found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard.

It’s all Kari Lehtonen’s fault.

Dallas is 3-0 against the Oilers this season, thanks largely to the masked man in the photo. Photo courtesy oilers.nhl.com

The Oilers have played three of their best games of the season against Dallas.  True to form, these three games have all resulted in losses, and they’re all at least in a big part due to the performance of one Kari Lehtonen.

The guy’s been everywhere, man.  A 39 save performance on the 11th of January.  Follow that up with a 30 save performance in Edmonton just nine days later.  Wednesday’s game saw him finish with 33 more saves, giving the Flying Finn just over a .953 SV% against Edmonton this year.  While that’s markedly higher than his current season SV% of .920, it appears that Lehtonen has Edmonton’s number this season.

Now that I think of it, many other teams have Edmonton’s number this season, but Lehtonen’s dominance deserves to be noticed.

SILVER LININGS

Oilers were able to get a powerplay goal from Dustin Penner.  I SAID THE OILERS HAD A POWERPLAY GOAL.  And, it was Dustin Penner who had the honours once again.    I had to rewind it a few times in order to believe it.  That’s three consecutive games with a powerplay goal for Team Oilers.  What dry spell?  Control your veiled laughter, please.

THE ALL STAR BREAK IS HERE

Oh thank heaven.  You’re lucky, because there’s going to be a long winded rant about both this and the Guardian Project in a different post.  If you plan on checking out either the skills competition (yay!) or the game (shudder), do so with a couple of coolers by your side.  Even if Team Lidstrom outscores Team Staal (seriously, I can’t possibly tell you how excited I am about this)  by thirteen goals, you’ll likely be too buzzed to care.

The All-Star Game Draft is tonight on TSN at 6 PM MST / 8 PM EST.  You can also catch it in the States on the Versus network.  Will the Sedin twins be split up?  Will Team Lidstrom grab Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward first overall?

I’m so trying to get excited for this.  The skills competition is tomorrow at 5:00 PM MST /7:00 PM EST, while the game is on Saturday at 2:00 PM MST / 4:00 EST.   And just think, after that’s over, we can get back to Oiler hockey.

Bring beer.

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