Sunday, March 9, 2014

Stars' Kari Lehtonen "not doing well" after last night's collision

After last night's Dallas Stars 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild, Stars coach Lindy Ruff was upset about the hit that took his star goaltender out of the game at 6:37 of the third period. The Wild's Erik Haula came barreling over Lehtonen, causing the goaltender to lose his helmet and fall backwards, hitting the back of his head against the crossbar. Lehtonen immediately left the ice, looking very dazed as he was bleeding from his head.

Credit to u/crazy_canucklehead on r/hockey

In addition to stitches for the wound, it's probable Lehtonen suffered a concussion. Haula recieved 15 minutes in penalties, a major for charging and a 10 minute game misconduct.  

Ruff stated last night that Lehtonen likely has a concussion. Today's news didn't get any better as Stars beat reporter Mike Heika tweeted out the following after Ruff's presser following the Dallas Stars' practice today. 

Lehtonen is currently listed as day-to-day but it seems like the Stars will be without him for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, Lehtonen doesn't have any concussion history which would be worrisome. The Stars will rely on newly acquired goaltender Tim Thomas for tomorrow night's game agains the Columbus Blue Jackets.