The Stars ran a shootout practice after regular practice today, and one thing is sure _ Kari Lehtonen is very good.
Lehtonen's numbers are among the best all-time as his 23-8 record (.742) is arguably the best ever (Martin Brodeur is 34-18 (.654) and Jean-Sebastien Giguere is 16-5 (.762)) and his .758 save percentage ranks third among goalies with 12 or more wins (Giguere has an .805 and Marc-Andre Fleury has a .759).
Lehtonen is 6-4, and he used a very calm style to wait out shooters and foil almost all of them in the practice today.
``The big goalies, they cover so much net that they don't have to bite on stuff,'' said Brad Richards, who is 21-for-50 (42.0 percent) in his career. ``Their legs are so long that they can sit there and wait you out. You'll see a lot of guys try to make moves, but the bigger goalies don't have to do a thing. That's probably the reason he's been so good. He's pretty calm and he doesn't move much.''
Dallas last season was 29th in shooting percentage at 18.7 percent (14-for-75) which is one reason they went 7-10 in the shootout.
They are 4-for-6 this season on shots and Lehtonen has stopped 5-of-6 shots, which is one reason the Stars are 2-0 so far in shootouts.
``We saw last year how important it is,'' said Stars coach Marc Crawford, who is allowing goaltending coach Mike Valley to run shootout drills this season.