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by IwoCPO on 05/06/07 at 11:36 PM ET
Via Bruce MacLeod’s Red Wing Corner,
Before going to the hospital, Schneider saw Lebda in street clothes in the locker room, watching the game. Lebda was close to returning from an ankle injury that kept him out for two weeks. Schneider, 37, pulled Lebda, 25, aside, closed the door and started to talk. Schneider knew that his injury meant the end of his playoffs. Lebda was going to go into the lineup in his place.
It was a moment that touched Lebda. You could see his motivation as he suited up for Sunday’s practice at the HP Pavilion. “Between me and him, we had a heart-to-heart, (telling me) what to do now,” said Lebda. “I don’t want to say passing the torch because this is a huge loss for our team. But he gave me some words of wisdom and it really touched home with me. … Just little things of what to do and what to expect. He knows the way I play.”
However…Lebda isn’t a lock to be in the lineup tomorrow night in San Jose. John Niyo blogged tonite that Lebda appeared “frustrated” when he was testing his ankle this afternoon at the Tank.
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