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Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars makes a save in front of Jason Arnott #44 of the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on October 13, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Kari Lehtonen #32 of the Dallas Stars makes a save in front of Jason Arnott #44 of the St. Louis Blues at American Airlines Center on October 13, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (AP) — Kari Lehtonen stopped 36 shots, Loui Eriksson scored short-handed, and the Dallas Stars hung on to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Thursday night.

Lehtonen has allowed only four goals in his first three starts this season, all victories.

Brenden Morrow added a power-play goal and Adam Burish connected at even strength for Dallas (3-1).

Matt D’Agostini and Chris Stewart scored to rally St. Louis from a three-goal deficit, and Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves for the Blues (1-2) in their first road game of the season.

Lehtonen came up with a key stop with 2:51 left on Alex Pietrangelo’s short-handed attempt from the right circle.

The Blues pulled Halak and had a 6 on 4 advantage with 1:04 left when Eriksson went to the penalty box for tripping.

But St. Louis’ Andy McDonald was called for holding with 8.9 seconds remaining, forcing a faceoff in the Blues’ zone to all but end the game.

Only 37 seconds had elapsed on a holding penalty to teammate Nicklas Grossman when Eriksson collected a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated in alone and beat Halak on a backhander for the first period’s lone goal at 18:50.

Trevor Daley set up Burish for a one-timer from the left circle at 7:06 of the second period to stretch Dallas’ lead to 2-0, and Morrow’s redirect of Stephane Robidas’ setup gave Dallas a three-goal pad at 14:21 of the second.

D’Agostini’s rebound got the Blues on the board 20 seconds after Morrow’s goal, and Stewart scored from the right point at 3:58 of the third period to make it a one-goal game.

NOTES: Lehtonen is 7-1 for his career against St. Louis. … RW David Perron (concussion), RW B.J. Crombeen (shoulder) and D Carlo Colaiacovo (upper body) were out for the Blues. … Grossman (hip) was back in the lineup after missing the first three games. … Attendance was announced at 7,949, but there were only about half that many in the seats. … Earlier Thursday the Stars activated rookie F Scott Glennie from IR and assigned him to the Texas Stars, their AHL affiliate. Glennie, Dallas’ first-round pick in the 2009 draft, went on IR on Oct. 3 with an upper body injury. … The Stars have won the last five meetings with the Blues. … LW Eric Nystrom, acquired by Dallas in a trade with Minnesota on Wednesday, was among the Stars’ scratches.

Copyright Associated Press

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