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.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Alex Chiasson
Antoine Roussel – Cody Eakin – Ryan Garbutt
Shawn Horcoff – Vernon Fiddler – Colton Sceviour
Ray Whitney – Chris Mueller – Valeri Nichushkin
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Patrik Nemeth – Jordie Benn
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Erik Cole, Dustin Jeffrey, Aaron Rome
Injured: Brenden Dillon (lower body), Rich Peverley (irregular heartbeat)
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
Scratched: Luca Sbisa, Emerson Etem, Rickard Rakell
Injured: Matt Beleskey (lower body), Tim Jackman (hand)
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