While Tuesday night's 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings certainly seemed to indicate we could be witnessing something special, the Dallas Stars hopes and dreams still rely on the man between the pipes. Which is why the win might have been met with some reservations depending on what happens with Kari Lehtonen moving forward.
According to Mark Stepneski, Lehtonen felt some soreness during warmups and attempted to play the game anyway. After talking to trainer Dave Zeis earlier in the first period, Lehtonen left the ice for good during a TV timeout late in the period. Richard Bachman would take his place and never look back, stopping 22 shots and the win.
Lehtonen has been shaky at times since his return from an injury earlier this season, and has started all 19 games for the Stars since Feb. 28. It's likely that some of his inconsistencies could be do to being overworked and the worry is that this injury could be a result of that.
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan stated the injury is a mild one and that Lehtonen will be day-to-day; the Stars don't play again until Friday night in Nashville -- although the team will play again the next night back home in Dallas.