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DALLAS -- Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots and the Dallas Stars clearly frustrated the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks. Everything changed in this first-round series when the Stars got their first home playoff game in six years. While Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score first and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal, Anaheims dynamic scoring duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry probably had more punches than shots as the Stars won 3-0 in Game 3 Monday night. "Im pretty sure if you watch the scrums, our guys got punched in the face a few times," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Eventually youre going to punch back. ... For us, we know weve got a good skating team and I think that we can frustrate." Ruff said it was "just playoff hockey." Lehtonen held up through five Anaheim power plays and had some tremendous stops to get his first career post-season victory. "It was unbelievable. Thats Kari at his best," Benn said. "He made some big saves at key times and kept us in the game and pretty much won that game for us." Game 4 is Wednesday night. And this best-of-seven series is now guaranteed Game 5 in Anaheim, where the Ducks opened the series with a pair of one-goal victories. It had been 2,162 days since the Stars last hosted a playoff game, May 19, 2008, a 4-1 loss to Detroit in the clinching Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. This one ended with chants for Lehtonen, previously 0-4 in the playoffs (two losses with Atlanta in 2007) with a 4.58 goals-against average and .858 save percentage. "I think in the first game I got scored on with the first shot and that just kind of sets the tone for the rest of the game. I was able to make a couple of good saves and it just kind of went from there," Lehtonen said. "At the age of 30, it was about time to get that first one." Late in the second period, Getzlaf and Perry were exchanging punches with different Dallas players during a stoppage. Antoine Roussel delivered a roundhouse left to Getzlaf, the Anaheim captain wearing a half-visor to protect the stitches from taking a puck to the face in Game 1. Meanwhile, Stars defenceman Alex Goligoski and Perry were going at it. Asked about the physical play, Getzlaf responded, "Youve got to stay as disciplined as you can, but you have to protect yourself, too. I never expected them to target my face that much." Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was pretty direct with how he felt. "I guess you do anything to win, but its not something I think our team would do," Boudreau said. "Well take them and be as mean and physical as we need to be." Lehtonen had a kick save near the end of the first power play in the final minute of the first period. That came right before Benn came out of the penalty box and skated toward the other end. Trevor Daley, the only Stars player left from their last playoff team in 2008, passed to Shawn Horcoff, who shot. The ricochet was knocked into the net by Benn with 35 seconds left in the first period to put the Stars ahead to stay. "We look to shut them down, you know to get under their skin," Daley said. Benn had been penalized for hooking right after Daley was having words with Getzlaf. The back-and-forth with Daley and Getzlaf carried into the second period, and they had to be separated in the opening minute -- just before an eerie replay for Ducks defenceman Stephane Robidas when he broke his right leg again. Robidas had to be helped off the ice after his leg bent awkwardly when a sliding Ryan Garbutt of Dallas undercut him. The team said the latest fracture was just above the one he sustained Nov. 29 while with Dallas. He didnt play again until being traded to Anaheim last month. "Its a huge loss because he was playing great," Boudreau said. "And of course I think all the guys on the bench felt extremely bad for him. I mean, heres your teammate whos just fought his way back from a broken leg." Fans cheered for the 37-year-old Robidas, chanting "Robi, Robi!" as he left the ice before being transported to a hospital. Nichushkin scored on a one-timer through the legs of Frederik Andersen, the rookie goalie who stopped 66 of 71 shots in Anaheim. Andersen faced only 22 shots in Game 3. Garbutt added a goal in the third period. NOTES: The game came exactly six weeks after Stars forward Rich Peverley collapsed on the home bench because of an irregular heartbeat against Columbus, and later underwent corrective surgery. There was a huge cheer when he was shown during a video that was part of the pregame production. ... It was a record crowd of 19,120 at the American Airlines Center, breaking the mark set when Mike Modanos No. 9 jersey was retired last month. Kånken No. 2 Ryggsäck .Y. - DeMarre Carroll felt as though he couldnt miss in the second quarter as he outscored the Brooklyn Nets 14-13 all by himself. Kånken Mini Ryggsäck .com) - Rajon Rondo turned in a game-high 21 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists as Dallas claimed a 102-98 win over the Lakers on Friday. http://www.fjallravenkankensverige.com/k...k-ryggsack.html. - The first sign that Kansas Speedway was going to be a heartbreaker for Hendrick Motorsports should have come during qualifying when Jimmie Johnson inexplicably spun and earned one of his worst starting spots since 2005. Fjällräven Kånken No 2 . -- Darrelle Revis says at least 26 teams called after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kånken Ryggsäck Rea . On Wednesday night, they showed that stellar defence and a little small ball can get the job done too. With pinch-runner Kevin Pillar aboard after Dioner Navarro opened the bottom of the ninth with a single, Anthony Gose dropped down an excellent bunt along the first-base line.Since the release of running back Chris Johnson the Titans have been working with an offence that lacks a true superstar. In Johnson the Titans cut a three-time Pro Bowler with six straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including a 2,006-yard season in 2009. What the Titans are left with is a trio of potential stars and it all starts under centre with fourth-year quarterback Jake Locker. "Weve got some skill players that were excited about, but a lot of it is going to come down to what Jake can do for us," Titans first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt told USA TODAY Sports. "So far, that has been progressing very well. He has done a nice job in the preseason. He worked very hard. I said one of the first things that intrigued me about Jake was that he exhibited a lot of the qualities that you want to see in a quarterback and he has done nothing to disprove that in the short time weve been around." The key to that is the short time Whisenhunt has been around. Locker has appeared in only 18 games over the last two seasons due to foot, hip and shoulder injuries. Sure, Locker has thrown 22 touchdowns in 23 career NFL games and in seven games before his season was cut short in 2013 he was completing 60.7 per cent of his passes. But if he cant stay on the field who cares? In his defence, the 26-year-old pivot doesnt believe his painful past reflects the player he is. "It does bother me," Locker told the Tennessean in November, a day before season-ending surgery to repair the Lisfranc injury in his right foot. "I feel like I have always done everything in the offseason, and put in the preparation to be as healthy and as strong as possible to prevent things from happening. And Ive just had some freak deals that have unfortunately been major injuries for me." In a perfect world Locker will start all 16 games and have a chance to grow with two young and explosive receivers. Kendall Wright may carry the majority of expectations coming off a 94-reception, 1,079-yard season in 2013. "All the little things that I think it takes to be a good player, hes shown," Whisenhunt said in August, as quoted by the Associated Press. "Hes doing that day in and day out, and thats important." On the downside, Wright may have helped the Titans move the ball into scoring position with 52 first-down receptions, but the 5-foot-10 Baylor product found the end zone just twice. Its hard to believe a player who caught nearly 100 passes and surpassed 1,000 yards in his sophomore season scored just two touchdowns. Its a shortcoming not lost on the third-year receiver or his coach. "This year I plan on breaking a little more of those tackles, trying to get loose and go score," Wright said. "He can do a lot of different things," Whisenhunt added. "Were going to try to put him in situations where we can explode that. Hes an explosive player, good hands, hes got good vision." What could turn into the most pleasant surprise on the receiving end is sophomore Justin Hunter. Hunter appeared in 14 games in his rookie year last season and caught 18 passes. It seems small, but the second-round pick averaged 19.7 yards a catch, amassing 354 yards, and scored four touchdowns. Its never a sure thing, but with more reps and comparable averages its safe to say Hunter could easily join Wright in the 1,000-yaard club and hit double digits in touchdown receptions.dddddddddddd The Titans are keeping Hunter humble though. The sophomore was punished for running a bad route during a practice in mid-August and had his name on a practice jersey replaced with JAG, meaning "Just Another Guy." If Hunter is who many think he is, then "Just Another Guy" is definitely a label that wont stick and the Titans will have a star for years to come. "Hes just so big and long and has the ability to jump, and hes got a big catch radius," Locker said. "So youre able to put the ball in a lot of different places to give him a chance." SECRET WEAPON If Locker is the answer at quarterback for the Titans then Whisenhunt is the light that will guide him to the Promised Land. Spending last season as the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, Whisenhunt lit a fire under Philip Rivers. At 32, Rivers had one of the most productive seasons of his 10-year career, setting a career high in completions (378) and completion percentage (69.5) while throwing for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions. And not too long ago, Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner found new life when Whisenhunt arrived as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. Warner threw for 83 touchdowns during their three-year partnership and fell five points short of a Super Bowl title together in 2008. If anyone is going to get anything out of Locker, itll be his quarterback-whisperer head coach. HEDGE FUND Rookie left tackle Taylor Lewan, selected 11th overall in 2014, and rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, a sixth-round pick in 2014, arent guaranteed any playing time in their inaugural NFL seasons, but that doesnt mean they arent a valuable part of the Titans organization in the future. In Lewans case, he sits behind a respectable pair of tackles in Michael Roos, a 10-year Titans vet, and Michael Oher, a Super Bowl champ with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. “Its a unique situation. Most teams dont have the opportunity to draft a tackle in the first round and also have two outstanding offensive linemen,” Lewan said in August, via ESPN.com. Hes not wrong. He also didnt get picked at No. 11 for no reason. And when hes called on for the challenge, he says hes ready for anything. “When I get my opportunity, Im going to do whatever I can to be successful and thrive,” he said. Mettenberger, who leads all quarterbacks with 659 yards in the preseason, is in an interesting position as well. At third on the depth chart behind Locker and backup Charlie Whitehurst, coach Whisenhunt has admitted he has seen flashes from the LSU alum but he has also made it abundantly clear that Mettenberger will remain in the third slot once the season begins. “Unless it was an injury situation, no," Whisenhunt said of the possibility of Mettenberger dressing as the backup in Week 1. “I still think at times he struggles with some things, which is not uncommon for a young player. Its been invaluable, the amount of reps that weve gotten him and how hes performed. I think its been fantastic.” But despite being the 178th pick in the draft, Mettenberger has found a way to get noticed and become a viable option for the organization going forward. He might find his way to the field sooner than many think. ' ' '

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