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Thrashers place Lehtonen on IR

Oct. 19, 2007 at 9:25 PM

ATLANTA, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Thrashers Friday placed goalie Kari Lehtonen on injured reserve because of a right-groin injury.

The injury occurred Thursday night in the first period of the Thrashers' 5-3 victory against the New York Rangers, their first win of the new season.

"It just snapped," Lehtonen told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's OK to walk and do desk work, but not to be a goalie right now."

The same injury plagued the five-year veteran during training camp.

Before the latest injury, Lehtonen struggled with a 4.49 goals-against average, as Atlanta failed to win any of its first five games.

The start led to the firing of Coach Bob Hartley Wednesday.

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