The Dallas Stars are going to be without defenseman Stephane Robidas for a while after he suffered a leg fracture in Friday’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at American Airlines Center.
Robidas was injured in the second period when he went down while defending Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and then slammed into the end boards.
“It didn’t look good,” said Stars coach Lindy Ruff.
“It was heartbreaking. He is the one guy who never stays down,” said Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen. “I saw his face and knew something really went bad. It was tough to play the rest of the second period. … It kind of sucks right now. He’ll work hard and come back. He’s a huge part of this team.”
Robidas has five points (four goals, one assist) and a plus-seven rating in 24 games this season. His four goals are tied with Brenden Dillon for the team lead among defenseman. His plus-seven rating is third highest on the team. His 19:54 of ice time per game ranks third as well.
“It’s really tough,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “We hope he is alright. He’s a big part of this team, a big part of the backend and a pretty big leader.”
Robidas, who was taken off the ice on a stretcher, was then taken to UT Southwestern Medical Center. How long he’ll be out is still to be determined.
*The Stars are now 4-3 in games settled beyond regulation. They are 3-2 in shootouts and 1-1 in four-on-four overtime.
*Friday’s eleven-round shootout matched the longest in Stars’ franchise history. The Stars defeated the San Jose Sharks in an eleven-round shootout on Dec. 11, 2009. Matt Niskanen recorded the game-deciding goal for the Stars in that game.
*Alex Chiasson’s penalty shot Friday was the Stars’ third this season. They are 1-3 as a team on penalty shots. Vernon Fiddler scored against Boston Nov. 5. Valeri Nichushkin missed against Edmonton on Nov. 13. Chiasson hit the post on his attempt Friday.
*The Stars recorded a season-high 25 blocked shots in the game. Defenseman Trevor Daley registered a game-high six blocked shots, and now leads the Stars with 46 this season.
*The Stars outshot the Blackhawks 29-26. Jamie Benn led the Stars with seven shots on goal.
*The Stars won 29 of 54 (54 percent) of faceoffs. Jamie Benn won 7 of 11. Vernon Fiddler won 9 of 17. Shawn Horcoff won 4 of 4.
*The Stars were 0-1 on the power play and 1-1 on the penalty kill.
*Friday’s attendance was 18, 532, the Stars’ first sellout of the season.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin –Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney – Cody Eakin – Alex Chiasson
Erik Cole – Shawn Horcoff – Rich Peverley
Antoine Roussel – Vernon Fiddler – Ryan Garbutt
Brenden Dillon – Stephane Robidas
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Jordie Benn – Sergei Gonchar
Kari Lehtonen (starter)
Scratched: Dustin Jeffrey, Kevin Connauton
Injured: Aaron Rome (undisclosed)
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