Dallas Stars can’t find answer to Varlamov

Kari Lehtonen gave up one goal in the prior three games, becoming the NHL's first star of the week. (Photo Credit to Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Kari Lehtonen gave up one goal in the prior three games, becoming the NHL’s first star of the week. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Dallas Stars entered their fourth straight home game Monday night against the Colorado Avalanche. This home stretch has consisted of the Stars playing arguably their best hockey of the season. They outscored their opponents 14-1 throughout that three game stint, with Kari Lehtonen recorded two shutouts and being named the NHL’s first star of the week. The timing of this was crucial as it came after a season high seven game losing streak to start off the month of January.

The Stars looked to make it four in a row Monday night, but couldn’t finish the job. Due to a soft start, the Stars saw themselves battling out of a 2-0 deficit in the first.

To say that the Stars dominated the second and third periods would be an understatement.

Dallas outshot Colorado 44-21 in this meeting. By no means, however, was this due to Kari Lehtonen’s performance. Colorado was able to capitalize on some sloppy defensive zone coverage and catch a couple lucky bounces to squeeze the puck past Lehtonen.

Antoine Roussel going in to take a shot on Semyon Varlamov. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Antoine Roussel going in to take a shot on Semyon Varlamov. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The performance of Semyon Varlamov was what gained all of the attention in this game. Dallas outshot Colorado in the second period 19-8, and 13-3 in the third. These chances weren’t just shots from the perimeter either. Varlamov was stopping second and third rebounds, shots inside the faceoff circles, and even screens from the point. Varlamov finished as the first star of the game after recording a .932 save percentage.

Noteable: Tyler Seguin had the game that he needed. Seguin had a drought that consisted of not scoring a goal in 12 games. Seguin switched that by netting two goals and one helper.

Looking ahead: The Stars look to get a win at home against the New Jersey Devils to get four wins in their five game homestand.

Dallas will host the Devils on Thursday night at 7:30PM Central Time. Catch the game on FOX Sports Southwest.