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Ducks' Robidas optimistic after second leg injury

by Steve Hunt

DALLAS -- Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas will not need surgery after fracturing his right leg during Game 3 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars and addressed reporters for the first time since sustaining the injury Monday.

It was his second leg fracture this season; he sustained a similar injury while playing for Dallas in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 29. Robidas spent the next four months recovering before being traded to Anaheim prior to the NHL Trade Deadline.

"I knew it wasn't as bad as the first time because the first time, there's no way I was getting back up. The pain was so bad. This time wasn't as bad, but I knew something was wrong," Robidas said while the Ducks played the Stars in Game 4 at American Airlines Center. Anaheim held a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

Robidas became quite emotional when discussing how tough it was to be on the sidelines after waiting five years to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, he found a silver lining: His family continues to live in the Dallas area and he has been attended to by the same doctors who handled his previous injury.

"The way I look at it now is, it's kind of lucky that it happened here," Robidas said. "I have a home here. My family's here and it's much easier if it would have happened somewhere else where it would have been a lot tougher. I can't really fly right now, so I'd be stuck in a hotel somewhere. The doctor that did my surgery, he's here. They took good care of me and I can do rehab and I know I'm in good hands."

Robidas was injured when former teammate Ryan Garbutt upended him near the Dallas net 42 seconds into the second period of Game 3. Robidas said he harbors no ill will toward Garbutt.

"I saw the replay quickly. It's nothing," Robidas said. "He's diving for the puck. It's just bad luck. It could have happened in a different situation. It's one of those things like you don't control and it's just bad luck. Ryan reached out to me after the game yesterday and said he was sorry about it. [I said] don't worry about it. It's part of the game and there's nothing you can do about it."

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