Kari Lehtonen out 2-3 weeks

Updated: May 16, 2012, 4:31 PM ET
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen suffered a minor knee injury playing for Finland at the world hockey championships and will be sidelined two to three weeks, according to Stars goaltending coach Mike Valley.

Lehtonen was injured in Sunday's game between Finland and the United States, when American forward Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks was tripped and slid into Lehtonen, who left the game and did not return.

Valley said the injury is not serious, and Lehtonen should be fine after the two- to three-week period.

Lehtonen will miss the rest of the world championships, which enters the playoff round Thursday. The United States will face Finland in the Group A quarterfinals.

Mark Stepneski

Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.