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Undetermined absence for Artturi Lehkonen

The Finnish forward is sidelined with a lower-body injury

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL -- The Canadiens announced following Tuesday's game against Columbus that Artturi Lehkonen will be out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

The Finnish forward missed his first game of the season after also missing practice on Tuesday morning.

"It's something he's been playing with for a while, and he's done a good job with, but it's come to the point where we needed to shut him down," acknowledged head coach Claude Julien during his postgame press conference. "If we want him to be better, we had to shut him down. It was the right move to make at this time. He tried his best, but right now, we don't know how long he'll need, so it's indefinitely."

Lehkonen scored two goals and registered three assists through 18 games with the Canadiens this season.

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