DALLAS (AP) — When Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen had to face Pittsburgh’s top three scorers in a shootout Friday night, he relied on a memory going back all the way to the first period.
Carl Hagelin had beaten Lehtonen on a breakaway for a two-goal lead. The Stars came back to take a brief lead. With help from their goalie and a game-winning shot by Tyler Seguin, they earned a 4-3 victory over the Penguins.
“I tried to use the Hagelin goal kind of as a reminder,” Lehtonen said. “I’m sure they were looking at that too, thinking of shooting and that’s a way to score, so I decided to stay a little bit more out and be patient rather than have a lot of flow backwards like I usually do.”
The approach worked. Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel, with 71 goals between them this season, failed to score. Lehtonen…