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Stars believe Lehtonen suffered concussion from Haula collision (update)


James OBrien

Update: Stars head coach Lindy Ruff told the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika that Lehtonen might have suffered a concussion from that hit. They expect to know more on Sunday.

The Dallas Stars acquired Tim Thomas as goaltending insurance for Kari Lehtonen. It didn’t take long for Thomas to be pressed into duty, as Minnesota Wild forward Erik Haula received a game misconduct and five-minute major for charging Lehtonen.

The 30-year-old goalie was left bloodied after the collision. Here’s video of the hit:

Tyler Seguin tied the game with a power-play goal on the resulting five-minute opportunity. That matches his career-high of 29 goals in one season, with more than a month left in the season.

It’s the kind of spirited effort that seems like a fitting honor to Mike Modano, although he probably didn’t appreciate the collision.

(This wasn’t the only questionable moment of the game, as Matt Cooke also delivered a knee-to-knee on Valeri Nichushkin.)

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