What?!? Two consecutive wins in the second half of back-to-backs. And a shutout to boot! Hey we'll take it anytime. You kind of had to cringe at the thought of what awaited the Stars in LA after choking away a win in Denver the night before. Add in the fact that a back-to-back going from Denver to LA is harder from a travel and rest perspective then a simple Edmonton to Calgary short hop. But they prevailed in spite of those obstacles, and if you get right down to it mostly due to Lehtonen's absolutely possessed one man performance.
A side bar to this is now the Stars are one point out of eighth place. Good you say, and right you are to say it, but this really puts Niuewendyk in an interesting bind. Are the Stars a legit playoff contender and therefore a deadline buyer? Or are they still a pretender and a seller, acquiring pieces and building for the future? And he has to do this while having his future as the GM evaluated by Gaglardi. No pressure Joe. To quote one of the more quotable personalities to pass through Dallas, Terrell Owens, "Getcha popcorn ready", cause this is going to be interesting.
Of note, Jagr's game winner was his 116th of his hall-of-fame career. The goal was also his 667th, putting him 13 behind Super Mario for ninth all-time. And if he catches Lemieux, Stevie Y and Messier would only be two and four goals, repectively, ahead of him on the all-time list. We'll pretend that Finnish shadow on his heels isn't really there.
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