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Roberts Out With Broken Fibula

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Gary Roberts will have to wait a while to play his first game in 2008.

The Penguins winger suffered a broken left fibula Saturday night during a collision in the second period of the Penguins’ 2-0 win over the Sabres at Mellon Arena.

“That was a tough play. When you lose a big-time leader and a guy who is a warrior for us; guys are just going to have to step up,” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. “We’ve run into some injury problems as the season has gone along and guys have had to step up. Someone else is really going to have to stand up now and, collectively as a group, we’re going to have to be better.”

Roberts had 15 points (3+12) in 37 games for the Penguins.

“It’s tough to lose a guy like that,” Penguins winger Colby Armstrong said.

Penguins head coach Michel Therrien agreed: “The young players are going to have to step up. There’s no doubt like a guy like Gary was doing a great job as a true leader for the young guys. The young players of that team will have to compensate for the leadership we won’t have.”

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