“They’ve answered almost every call this year,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “From the (six-game losing streak) in January to this little bit of a tough stretch. We’ve just got to stay with it.”
“This is just playoff hockey now the rest of the way,” Ruff said. “You’re going to have to have the ability to come back. You’re going to need some big saves at crucial times.”
Lehtonen made 26 saves in his second game since returning from a head injury sustained on March 11 in Dallas’ previous victory.
The most important stop came after Eakin’s tying goal at 15:07 of the second. Ottawa’s Erik Condra took a shot from in front that Lehtonen stopped, but he and Condra ended up in the net. The play was ruled no goal.
“I was able to make the save,” Lehtonen said. “The puck was in front of my pads. He got pushed from behind, and he pushed me into the net.
“It could have gone the other way too. It was good to see (the referee) was on top of the play, so I wasn’t too worried about it.”
Lehtonen lost at Philadelphia on Thursday.
“I felt good in Philadelphia. The result wasn’t very good,” Lehtonen said. “(Saturday) I got a couple of good bounces and a couple of posts, and the end result was good.”
Senators coach Paul MacLean said that teams create their own good fortune.
“If you don’t feel you have any puck luck, then you’re not working hard enough on a day-to-day basis,” he said. “You shouldn’t expect a break or something to go your way unless you’re out there doing the work.”