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Thursday, December 29, 2011
Kari Lehtonen gets back in game action

By Richard Durrett

DALLAS -- It wasn't the result that Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen wanted -- a home loss to Columbus, the team with the worst record in the NHL -- but the netminder did get a chance to see his first action since suffereing a groin strain on Nov. 26.

Lehtonen said it took some time to get used to the flow of the game again, but he settled in as the game worn on.

"I think it was okay," Lehtonen said of his performance. "I made some good saves, but their guy just had a phenomenal game. That’s why it doesn’t feel that awesome right now. That was a big key there that we got shots and chances to score a lot more than one goal and we were not able to do it. It was okay, but I wish it could have gone a little better."

Lehtonen stopped 25 of 28 shots on Thursday, but none of the three were really saves that Lehtonen had much chance to make.

"We left him out to dry," said defenseman Alex Goligoski, who called the defensive performance "disappointing." "He made a couple unbelievable saves, too, on just little breakdowns. We definitely have to be better in front of him and not lean on him too much."

Lehtonen said after the game that he didn't feel sore and that the groin didn't give him any problems.