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Stars activate Lehtonen, place Robidas on IR

Wednesday, 12.28.2011 / 7:33 PM / News

NHL.com

The Dallas Stars on Wednesday activated goaltender Kari Lehtonen from injured reserve and placed defenseman Stephane Robidas on IR retroactive to Dec. 19.

Lehtonen, 28, has missed the last 12 games with a lower-body injury suffered on Nov. 26 against the Phoenix Coyotes. He led the NHL with 13 wins prior to his injury and has compiled a record of 13-4-1 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .926 save percentage in his 19 appearances. The Helsinki, Finland, native was the NHL’s Second Star in October, when he posted an 8-1-0 record with a .947 save percentage and a 1.75 GAA.

Robidas missed the last three games after suffering a lower-body injury against the Anaheim Ducks on Dec. 19. The 34-year-old defenseman from Sherbrooke, Que., has skated in 32 games this season for Dallas, scoring twice and adding nine assists for 11 points. Robidas has logged more than 21 minutes of ice time in 28 of his 32 appearances this season.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild