Game 3 Notes: Ducks’ Robidas Fractures Leg

Tuesday, 04.22.2014 / 1:43 AM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Game 3 Notes: Ducks\u2019 Robidas Fractures Leg
Anaheim defenseman Stephane Robidas suffered a fractured leg in the second period of Monday night\u2019s game at American Airlines Center, and was taken to the hospital.

Anaheim defenseman Stephane Robidas suffered a fractured leg in the second period of Monday night’s game at American Airlines Center, and was taken to the hospital.

It happened in the second period after a collision with Stars forward Ryan Garbutt. Robidas went down, clutching his right leg. He was eventually helped off the ice as Stars fans chanted, “Robi, Robi, Robi.”

“It’s a huge loss because he was playing great,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. “And of course, I think all the guys on the bench felt extremely bad for him. Here’s your teammate who’s just fought his way back from a broken leg. I don’t know what the extent of the injury is. I know it doesn’t look good and he’s probably out for a long time, but it looked like the same leg and everything to me. You have to feel for an athlete that worked so hard to get back and then that same thing happens to him.”

Stars players found out about the extent of Robidas’ injury after the game.

“It’s obviously upsetting. Steph is a warrior,” said Stars defenseman Trevor Daley. “We want to beat them with Robi in there. It’s upsetting.”

The Ducks said Monday’s fracture was just above the area where Robidas suffered a fracture while playing with the Stars earlier this season. That injury kept him out three-and-a-half months.

Dillon still out, Cole a scratch

Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon missed his third straight playoff game with a lower body injury. He did skate on his own Monday morning.

Erik Cole was a scratch in Monday’s game. Chris Mueller, who was a scratch in the first two games of the series, was in the lineup and played 4:31 in the game.

Bettman talks Stars, prospects of outdoor game in Texas

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman met with the media prior to Monday’s Stars-Ducks game at American Airlines Center.

Among the topics was the importance of the playoffs returning to Dallas after a five year absence.

“You never want to see a franchise get to the point where the business side is a distraction from what takes place on the ice,” Bettman said. “Fans want to enjoy their team and they want to enjoy the games and they really don’t like the business distractions and I think what you’re seeing in Dallas is the focus is back on the ice.”

The Commissioner also was asked about the possibility of the league playing a game at AT&T Stadium.

“Don’t know,” Bettman said. “I certainly wouldn’t rule it out. It’s an unbelievable stadium. I think our focus will be on making sure that when we’re ready to come that it will be sold out. All of our outdoor games get sold out and that’s a big stadium.

“We haven’t studied it and our events people have to go in and do a site inspection. We’ve been pretty creative with the outdoor games, so when we think it’s time that stadium will configure appropriately for us. We’re all in agreement (Stars, NHL), the attention on the playoffs and pursuit of the Cup, that’s a good thing. It hasn’t been the case in a few years, so that’s good. It’s a building process.”


*Kari Lehtonen’s 37-save shutout was the first was the Stars’ first postseason shutout since April 10, 2008 when Marty Turco posted a 4-0 win over Anaheim.

*The Ducks outshot the Stars 37-22. Ryan Garbutt led the Stars with six shots on goal. Patrick Maroon led Anaheim with six shots.

*The Stars were 5-5 on the penalty kill and 0-3 on the power play.

*The Stars won 44 of 71 faceoffs (62 percent). Vernon Fiddler won 14 of 19. Cody Eakin won 11 of 20. Tyler Seguin won 7 of 12.

Stars lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinAlex Chiasson
Antoine RousselCody EakinRyan Garbutt
Shawn HorcoffVernon FiddlerColton Sceviour
Ray Whitney
Chris MuellerValeri Nichushkin

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Patrik NemethJordie Benn
Kevin ConnautonSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Tim Thomas

Scratched: Erik Cole, Dustin Jeffrey, Aaron Rome

Injured: Brenden Dillon (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)

Ducks lineup

Devante Smith-Pelly – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Jakob Silfverberg - Saku Koivu – Andrew Cogliano
Patrick Maroon – Mathieu Perreault – Teemu Selanne
Daniel Winnik – Nick Bonino – Kyle Palmieri

Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Stephane Robidas

Frederik Andersen
Jonas Hiller

Scratched: Luca Sbisa, Emerson Etem, Rickard Rakell

Injured: Matt Beleskey (lower body), Tim Jackman (hand)

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge




1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54


J. Benn 77 28 46 -6 74
T. Seguin 67 35 35 -4 70
J. Spezza 77 17 42 -3 59
J. Klingberg 60 11 27 3 38
C. Eakin 73 17 19 -5 36
T. Daley 63 16 20 -10 36
A. Goligoski 77 4 31 -2 35
A. Hemsky 71 11 21 -5 32
S. Horcoff 73 11 17 7 28
V. Fiddler 75 12 15 -5 27
K. Lehtonen 34 16 10 .906 2.88
J. Enroth 14 26 2 .900 3.25
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