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After suffering concussion last night, Lehtonen ‘seems pretty good today’

Kari Lehtonen

Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen (32) guards the goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres Monday, March 3, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)


The Dallas Stars aren’t sounding any alarm bells after starting goalie Kari Lehtonen suffered a concussion last night versus Florida.

“To me, Kari seems pretty good today,” said coach Lindy Ruff, per Mark Stepneski of StarsInsideEdge. “I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV, but I think we are basically out of the woods in that situation. Just have to give the mandatory couple of days.”

Lehtonen also missed time in March with a concussion. And with a bit of a wildcard in Anders Lindback as the back-up in Dallas, the starter’s health is a natural concern.

Last night, Ruff called Lehtonen’s symptoms “very mild.” At the same time, he admitted, “It’s a concussion. I am not going to hide from that.”

The injury was reportedly suffered in the third period when Florida forward Nick Bjugstad was checked into the goalie by a Stars d-man.