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Stars believe Lehtonen suffered concussion from Haula collision (update)

Mar 8, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

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.)

  1. hardkor07mn - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    He hit his head on the crossbar because his dad named him Kari.

  2. hardkor07mn - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    It looked like Haula lost an edge going to the net. Haula don’t strike me as a guy that’s going to railroad a goalie. He’s to little for that. Bad collision and hopefully leightonen is ok. Just part of the game

    • sabatimus - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      So Haula lowered his helmet to compensate? Brandon Meriweather is applauding.

      • jaythehelmetguy - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:01 AM

        It didn’t look like he lowered his head on purpose, seemed like he was falling forward

    • skr213 - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      Are you kidding me?? He definitely was off balance, but anyone with ANY experience on the skates knows you could avoid that collision 5 different ways. This is suspendible.

      • mp1131211 - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        Eakins hooked Haula’s right foot with his own. You see Haula trying to stop after that, but it’s too late.

  3. valoisvipers - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Thomas winds up getting the win. Welcome to Dallas,Timmy

  4. 19cbd87 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    The defenceman tried to trip him. Nice move to the net, unfortunate hit for Lehtonen.

    • esracerx46 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      Didn’t look like he tried to trip him. Looked like he was trying to force him off the puck. He broke stride and instead of going right he went left to get the scoring chance. Split second decision that was easy to get wrong.

      • credible316 - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        Sure looked like a trip to me.

  5. charlieconway96 - Mar 9, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    Side note: The combination of Timmy’s Panthers pads and helmet with the Stars jersey has to be one of the worst color combinations professional sports has yet to see.

    Also, hope Kari is OK. Nothing about that looked fun.

  6. tomcreanshair - Mar 9, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    You’re a fourth-liner, Heika. If you actually took the time to review the video and still came to the conclusion that it was a dirty play, then you’re simply a douche. You were gifted the major penalty-even though your own player was to blame. Obviously a case of the referee pandering to the crowd reaction. Methinks the league owes the Wild an apology for snatching two points away from them. Oh-and I’m thinking Mr. Ballard just might be a healthy scratch Sunday night also…..

    • strictlythedanks - Mar 9, 2014 at 12:11 PM


    • getadealdonealready - Mar 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Agreed, Eakin actually slashed Haula’s left leg, then as he swung around hooked is right foot with his own right foot. Which threw Haula’s upper body forward. Watching in real time I thought he used his hip, but from where the official was it probably looked as if Haula lunged at the goalie. Bottom line if there was replay I would be surprised if there was a penalty at all, or coincidentals for trip and not avoiding goalie contact. This crew was great all night, and I thought the 2-3 of the calls against Dallas in the 2nd were weak as well, but the bad calls seemed to even out. Wild didn’t deserve to win too sloppy with the puck, hopefully they will clean that up tonight.

      Two last points my bet there will be no suspension or fine from NHL which will tell you who is right in the was it a dirty play argument. I would say if anyone is to blame for this type of play around the net it would be last nights crew, they repeatedly let contact to the goalie go after the whistle early in the game, including one where Kuemper was hit with a stick in the upper back/neck area 3 seconds after a whistle, when you allow physical play around the crease players will take advantage, unfortunately it lead to a goalie injury last night.

      • getadealdonealready - Mar 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        correction ** I meant crew was not great all night in top paragraph

  7. LampyB - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:42 AM

    Sorry bud, you’re just flat out wrong on this one. It was a very dirty play. As was stated by another guy above, anyone who plays hockey knows he could have easily avoided running the goalie yet instead chose to drive the net. On top of this, he laid out a vicious head butt. Come on, it’s all in plain sight…

    • purpleguy - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Not even close to dirty, as confirmed by the NHL, not to mention several pictures circulating around. A gift for the Stars on Modano night. Too bad Norm Green wasn’t in the net.

  8. nunan - Mar 9, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Love the ‘anybody that knows anything about hockey’ argument. That doesn’t strengthen your point. Anybody that knows anything about hockey knows that it was a hockey play and that it’s okay to drive hard to the net. The idea that he head butted the goalie is idiotic. When youre about to crash, you lower your head. Was he supposed to look up at the rafters and smile? I know people tend to see what they want to see but concluding that this was anything but a hard play to the net shows you don’t ‘know anything about hockey’. Every injury doesn’t have to be chalked up to a dirty play.

  9. longcutskolvikes - Mar 9, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    A pretty bad night for Gophers all around.

  10. wildcatwr36 - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Givin that haulas left foot was first pulled with the Dallas guys stick. Then susiquently spun around him and tripped his right foot up with his left foot. yup Haula should be suspended for …… playing … hockey?

  11. mornelithe - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    As a B’s fan, it’s great to see Seguin finally in a place where he can flourish. The B’s system just wasn’t his cup o’ tea, but it was clear he could put the puck in the net!

    • govtminion - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Man, you said it. He was never going to become this kind of player with the glut of talent the B’s already had, but this year he’s really starting to become a star player. Best of luck to him there, glad this trade worked out so well for both teams.

  12. govtminion - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    It looks to me like Haula was pushed, and was looking more for where the puck was than what his path was going to be. Had he looked up, I’m sure he could have avoided this (or at least tried to lessen the blow), but he did what he’s trained to do- keep your eye on the puck, and make a scoring chance happen.

    Very unfortunate accident, but I don’t see it as being much more than just that- an accident, and not worth suspending a guy for. Hoping Lehtonen is back on his skates very soon.

    (And since someone else said it before, yeah, Thomas’ pads look just awful right now with the Stars’ uniform.)

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