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Stars' Fiddler Leaves with Upper-Body Injury

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 10:08 PM / News

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Stars' Fiddler Leaves with Upper-Body Injury
Vernon Fiddler left Dallas' game against Minnesota in the first period Friday after he was sent into the left goal post by Wild center Mikko Koivu

DALLAS -- Center Vernon Fiddler left Dallas' game against Minnesota in the first period Friday night after he was sent into the left goal post by Wild center Mikko Koivu.

Koivu earned a roughing penalty for the hit at 3:52 of the opening period, and the Stars capitalized on the power play when Ray Whitney scored 30 seconds later.

But Fiddler did not return to the ice; he played just 1:21 before heading to the dressing room with what was termed an upper-body injury. The team said his return is questionable.

With his fourth-line center out, Stars coach Glen Gulutzan shuffled his lines considerably, putting Antoine Roussel and Tomas Vincour, who had been playing with Fiddler, on the ice in a number of different combinations.

Fiddler is one of six Stars players who have not missed a game this season. The veteran center was one of three Stars who played all 82 games in 2011-12.

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