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Lehtinen won't have surgery for abdominal strain

11/24/2007 - NHL Jere Lehtinen Dallas Stars + more

DALLAS -- Dallas Stars right wing Jere Lehtinen will be out
indefinitely with an abdominal strain, but might not need surgery
as the team originally thought, coach Dave Tippett said after
Friday night's 3-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Earlier on Friday night, the club said Lehtinen would undergo
surgery on Monday, but Tippett said that was "premature."

"We'll continue to look at it," Tippett said. "We'll do some
tests and see how it reacts over the next few days."

Lehtinen, a native of Espoo, Finland, led the Stars with 26
goals last season. The 13-year NHL veteran has six goals and 13
assists in 21 games this season.