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Lehtonen Not Sharp In First Start In Almost A Year

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Bottom line, Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen looked tired and out of sorts today in his first start for the Stars, giving up six goals on 34 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Penguins.

What did you expect? He hasn’t started a game since April 11 last year for Atlanta.

``I can say the goalie looked fatigued tonight and we’re confident he’s going to get better,’’ Stars coach Marc Crawford said.

So is this a matter of just working him through it with practice and games?

``I think it is a little bit of both. We’ll see how he is tomorrow,’’ Crawford said. ``Obviously, we want to keep his worth ethic up. He hasn’t played in the NHL in a year, so it’s understandable that you’re going to get fatigued. If you get fatigued in those two minute situations, penalty kills especially, you may not have to make a save but you’re in your tuck and you’re moving and you’re just right on edge. I’m sure their heart rates are right at the high level when they have that constant action around them. It is grueling and it is tiring, that’s the thing that he will get better with. So that’s where we are with him.’‘

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