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Lehtonen injured in win over Canucks

Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 2:32 AM NHL.com

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen left Friday's game against the Vancouver Canucks in the first period due to a lower-body injury.

Shortly after making a save with his right arm that knocked the stick out of his hand, Lehtonen skated to the Stars' bench with 6:11 remaining, tried to stretch, but left the game. Lehtonen, who entered the game with a .933 save percentage, took an earlier shot off his mask during a busy opening 13 minutes.

Lehtonen has been plagued by groin injuries throughout his career and missed time with the problem last season.

“He's going to be re-evaluated when we get back to Dallas," coach Glen Gulutzan said. "It's a lower body injury ... To me, it doesn't seem as severe (as last season's injury)."

Lehtonen was replaced by Richard Bachman, who gave up six goals in a 7-4 loss at the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. Bachman allowed three goals but stopped the last 15 shots he faced as the Stars rallied for a 4-3 victory.

He's ready if Lehtonen can't play at home against the Flames on Sunday.

“The good news is he got up quick and he got up under his own power, so that's a good sign always as a goalie when you can do that,” Bachman said. “But if they need me, I will be there.”

The injury continued a run of bad luck for Lehtonen in Vancouver. He entered 0-3-0 there with a 5.19 goals-against average.

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