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Stars place Lehtonen on IR

Sunday, 11.27.2011 / 4:32 PM / News


The Dallas Stars announced Sunday that they have placed goaltender Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Richard Bachman and forward Francis Wathier from the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
Lehtonen, 28, suffered a lower-body injury in the first period of Saturday night's 3-0 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. The 6-4, 217-pound goaltender leads the NHL with 13 wins and has compiled an overall record of 13-4-1 with a 2.35 goals against average and .926 save percentage in 19 appearances this season.

With Lehtonen out, Andrew Raycroft becomes the Stars' No. 1 goaltender and will be between the pipes when Dallas visits Colorado on Monday. He is 0-5-0 with a 3.51 GAA and .899 save percentage in five appearances.

"Rayzor has been the guy before and that's why we got him -- to have a situation where we felt like we have two good goalies," Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said of Raycroft. "He's going to be the guy Monday for sure and if he has to carry the ball for a week, I have no problems having him do that and I don't think he does, either."

Bachman is 7-5-1 with a 3.13 GAA and .887 save percentage in 15 contests for Texas this season. He played in his first and only NHL game last season, appearing in relief on Dec. 11, 2010 against the Phoenix Coyotes, when he stopped all four shots he faced in 9:35.

The 5-10, 175-pound goaltender was Dallas' fourth-round selection (No. 120) at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Wathier has skated in 19 games for the Texas Stars this season, posting 5 goals, 7 assists and a plus-3 rating. The 6-4, 218-pound forward has gone scoreless in his eight career games with Dallas. The St. Isidore, Ont., native was Dallas' sixth-round selection (No. 185) at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Wathier will likely replace Vernon Fiddler in the Stars' lineup Monday night. Fiddler suffered a groin injury during Saturday's game.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round