Lehner dresses in loss to Sharks despite reports of season-ending surgery

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Robin Lehner dressed as the Vegas Golden Knights' backup goaltender behind Logan Thompson for Sunday's clash against the San Jose Sharks, just days after the club refuted reports claiming he required season-ending surgery.

There was speculation Lehner was playing through a significant knee injury sustained in March, but head coach Peter DeBoer said his No. 1 netminder missed practice Friday due to taking a maintenance day.

Lehner has battled injuries throughout the season, landing on injured reserve twice for different ailments.

The 30-year-old has had a poor season by his standards, with a .907 save percentage and minus-0.5 goals saved above average across 44 appearances.

Vegas ultimately lost the game in heartbreaking fashion. The Golden Knights led 4-2 with just over two minutes remaining in regulation, but the Sharks stormed back and forced overtime with 0.9 seconds left on the clock. San Jose rookie Thomas Bordeleau then scored the shootout winner.

With the loss, the Golden Knights sit three points back of the second wild-card position in the Western Conference with three games remaining.

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