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Kari Lehtonen stopped 20 of 23 shots en route to a close 4-3 victory over the Capitals on Saturday.
Lehtonen has now won three straight, and looks to be heating up at just the right time for the Dallas Stars . While all three of the goals that got passed him came in the final frame, he was still able to stand on his head and make nine third period saves to preserve the win. As the Stars continue to jockey for position with the Blackhawks in the Central Division, look for them to start giving the 32-year-old netminder more frequent chances to shine.
Jamie Benn tallied a goal on three shots and went plus-2 in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Capitals.
Benn has extended his point streak to four games, with a goal and four assists in that span. With Saturday's goal, he also snapped a five game goal scoring drought. He's now just one goal behind linemate Tyler Seguin's 30 on the season, showing that he certainly is no slouch in the goal scoring department.
Tyler Seguin leaves game late in third period after scoring a pair of goals and going plus-2 in a 4-3 win over the Capitals on Saturday.
Seguin had to leave the game late in the third period to receive stitches after being cut by Nicklas Backstrom's skate. His status for Monday's tilt against the Predators is currently unknown. Seguin has now pushed his point streak to four games, with three goals and four assists in that span. With this streak, the Dallas Stars leading goal scorer is continuing to show that his less productive January was just a mere blip on the radar.
Braden Holtby stopped 21 of 25 shots before being replaced by Philipp Grubauer to start the third period in a 4-3 loss to the Stars on Saturday.
Holtby had been on the quite the hot streak to start the new year, with an impressive 11-1-2 record in that span. The Stars and their high scoring offense were just too much for him Saturday, however. Still, the 26-year-old netminder continues to be a must start in all formats despite this one mediocre outing.
Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied two assists, a plus-1 rating, two PIM and a blocked shot in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Stars.
Even though Kuznetsov had to leave Thursday's game with what was thought to be a concussion, the 23-year-old center didn't miss a bit in his return to action. He's now recorded points in four of his last five games. While he certainly is not a goal scoring machine, he is steadily racking up the assists, as he's tallied 41 of them in 54 games.
Andre Burakovsky netted a goal on five shots in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Stars.
Despite failing to record a point in his last outing, Burakovsky has recorded a point in nine of his last 10 games. In that span, he's racked up seven goals and four assists with a plus-4 rating. The 21-year-old winger has already tallied a career high for both goals and assists. With him being on such a roll lately, he remains a top choice on a nightly basis.
Nate Schmidt tallied an assist, a shot on goal and a hit in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Stars.
After failing to record a point in his previous six outings, Schmidt was finally able to crack his way back onto the scoresheet on Saturday. He's still only managed 13 points in 49 games this season, though. Despite being on the top defensive pairing for the dominant Washington Capitals , the 24-year-old just doesn't provide much fantasy value.
Melker Karlsson tallied two assists in Saturday's 4-1 victory against Arizona.
Karlsson -- not to be confused with Erik Karlsson -- recorded points for the first time in five games. It was nice to see the 25-year-old break out of a short slump, but don't expect more multi-point outbursts from the winger. as he's only matched that feat once this year. He can be safely ignored in most formats.
Ovechkin tallied a power-play goal on five shots and added four hits in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Stars.
What more can we say about Alex Ovechkin ? He's now recorded a league leading 35 goals in 52 games, and has scored in four straight games. In those four games, he's notched six goals on 23 shots. Despite going minus-1 on Saturday, Ovie is still plus-23 on the season, showing that he has fantasy value coming in from all angles.
Louis Domingue halted 24 of 27 shots against the Sharks on Saturday, losing 4-1.
The Sharks knocked number four into an empty net -- sealing Domingue's fourth loss of the month. The 23-year-old has given up four or more goals three separate times in February while averaging an .890 save mark. His play has been erratic as of late, but we can chalk this one up to the back-to-back and hope for a better showing in his next outing.