CHICAGO 4, QUAD CITY 1
Alexandre Giroux scored twice and goaltender Kari Lehtonen came within 10 seconds of a shutout in the first start of his conditioning assignment as Chicago downed Quad City, 4-1, on Tuesday at the Allstate Arena. Lehtonen, a two-time AHL All-Star with the Wolves, stopped 27 of 28 shots to help Chicago improve its record to a league-best 16-2-1-0.
Giroux scored Chicago’s first two goals of the game. He tallied a power play marker at 8:08 of the first period and added an even-strength goal at 19:01 of the second. Steve Martins assisted on both goals, and Lehtonen picked up a helper on the first one.
The Flames broke up Lehtonen’s shutout bid on a power play goal by defenseman Adam Pardy at 19:50 of the third period.
The game marked Lehtonen’s first AHL action since the 2005 Calder Cup Finals, which the Wolves lost to Philadelphia.
In that 2004-05 season, Lehtonen was named a Second-Team AHL All-Star after posting a 38-17-2 record with a 2.27 goals against average and a .929 save percentage in 57 games. He earned a spot on the PlanetUSA squad at the AHL All-Star Classic in both 2004 and 2005.
Lehtonen is 58-43-9 with a 2.84 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in 115 career NHL games, all with the parent Atlanta Thrashers.
MILWAUKEE 5, SAN ANTONIO 4
Janne Niskala, Dave Scatchard, and Rich Peverley all scored in the third period to lead visiting Milwaukee to a 5-4, come-from-behind win over San Antonio at the AT&T Center.
Milwaukee pulled even on its five-game road swing at 2-2-0-0.
Joey Tenute also scored for San Antonio, his goal coming in the opening period.
IOWA 3, HOUSTON 2
Defenseman Bryce Lampman netted the game-winner in the third period as Iowa rallied past Houston by a 3-2 final at the Wells Fargo Arena.
Neal tied it for the Stars with a power play goal at 19:59 of the second period, and Lampman’s game-winner followed just 26 seconds into the third. It was Lampman’s first point in his fourth game since joining Iowa from the Norfolk Admirals.
Iowa goaltender Tobias Stephan improved to 6-4-0 with 24 saves on 26 shots.