DALLAS, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Kari Lehtonen
came within 14 seconds of a season-opening shutout and made 37 saves Friday in leading the Dallas Stars to a 2-1 victory over Chicago.
Nick Leddy beat Lehtonen with a slap shot as time wound down but the Stars held on to open the season successfully after barely missing the playoffs a year ago.
Alex Goligoski, obtained in a trade with Pittsburgh late last season, scored the first goal for Dallas 59 seconds into the middle period. Jamie Benn added a tally with 3:58 to go in the second.
Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots in taking the loss.
This is Lehtonen's third season with Dallas and his second as the team's leading goaltender.
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