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from Mark Stepneski of Inside Edge at the Dallas Stars' website,
“We know he’s not doing that well, so we have to make a decision later on today … as far as calling somebody up,” Ruff said after Sunday’s practice.
A few hours later the Stars made the decision, recalling goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp from the Texas Stars of the AHL.
Lehtonen was injured when Wild forward Erik Haula slammed into Lehtonen while driving the net. Lehtonen’s mask came off and his head hit the crossbar. Lehtonen, who suffered a cut to the head, left the game and did not return. Ruff was asked about the specifics of the injury on Sunday.
“It’s just a head injury right now,” Ruff said. “We’ll let him get through the day and see where we are at. It doesn’t look good though.”
With Lehtonen injured, the Stars will turn to Tim Thomas, acquired from Florida at the trade deadline in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis. Thomas took over in net Saturday night, stopping all six shots he faced and picking up the win as the Stars rallied from a 3-2 deficit to defeat the Wild 4-3.
more on the Stars...
If you missed the injury to Lehtonen, you can watch it here...
Erik Haula of the Minnesota Wild received 5 for charging and a game misconduct for this collision/hit on Dallas goaltender Kari Lehtonen.
Both coaches post-game reaction below...
First up is the actual banner raising, which is about 2 1/2 minutes long, then below, the full ceremony which is a little over an hour long.
The NHL has announced Zack Kassian of the Vancouver Canucks will have a hearing today for this hit on Brenden Dillon of the Dallas Stars. I do believe it is hearing via a phone call.
Kassian received 5 for boarding and a game, the Canucks lost 6-1.
via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
On the Brendan Dillon injury (Lindy Ruff):
“I was relieved to get him back. It was definitely a shot from behind. Those are tough hits and the best retribution is make the other team play on the power play. He didn’t come from a long way but Dillon was in a bad position when he got hit.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Now, with some significant injuries that need to be tended, teams are going to get serious about addressing trades.
While Nill said he doesn’t sense an immediate flood of trades on Monday, he understands the powder keg the trade deadline creates.
“I think it’s going to be slow, but it just takes one team to do something,” Nill said. “We’ll see what happens. It’s very quiet right now. I think teams are going to come back and nobody really knows what they have. Some teams have injuries, some teams could still get injuries. Everyone has three or four games under their belt before the deadline, so I think more things will happen then (closer to the deadline).”
read on for a look at the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline...
First Colton Orr with a hit on Cody Eakin... Orr received a 10 minute misconduct.
Then about ten minutes of clock-time later, Nazem Kadri and Antoine Rousssel get into it...
from Nick Cole of the Tennessean,
(Kevin) Klein laid the wood to Roussel late in the second period of Nashville’s 4-1 victory at Bridgestone Arena, drawing praise from teammates and coaches alike.
“It was just a great scrap,” Predators forward Eric Nystrom said. “I’ve been in a few of those, and the bottom line is that that is what takes the most courage in the whole sport. Dropping the gloves and engaging like that for your teammates. … The guys responded really well from that.”
The energy the fight infused into the Predators was apparent, as they aggressively finished the second period and were rewarded with a Roman Josi goal with 31 seconds remaining to push their lead to 3-1.
“Klein doesn’t fight very often,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “I’ve been here his whole career, and when he does fight, I can’t remember him losing one. I hope that is played on ‘NHL Tonight’ and all those other places so people can take notes.”
read on for more on the game and below, watch the scrap between Klein and Roussel...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
When the Stars were rolling up victories, Seguin and Benn were leading the way. When they were beating some of the best teams, those two were the best players. But in this recent slump, they have come up dry, and that might tell you a little something about the Stars and their growing pains.
While Seguin is having a renaissance season since his trade from Boston, he’s still just a 21-year-old who is in his first year of learning how to play NHL center. While Benn is 24 and the face of the franchise, he still is in his first season being the captain and is also adjusting to a change of position.
Valeri Nichushkin is 18, and his play has shown wild fluctuations. Alex Chaisson is 23, and he’s just learning to handle the burden of being an NHL goal-scorer while mired in a 17-game goal drought.
“We’re young,” veteran forward Ray Whitney said, “and it’s hard to put youth behind you.”
But it’s part of the process of growing. Seguin last season faced lower-level defenders when he played on the second or third line in Boston. This season, he has to go against the opposition’s best for the entire game.
“Part of my job is to produce and get the goals, so you have to deal with that.” Seguin said. “I think that’s definitely part of being in this role.”
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