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Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas suffers broken leg after end-board collision

Oh boy. Not what you want to read while checking up on league-wide news stories at 2 AM. Per Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien's tip, I looked into news that Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas had been taken to the hospital with a broken leg in the Stars' 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago, and this is a Stamkos-like injury--except that in this instance, Robidas blocked a pass with his skate, fell as a result and went left-leg-and-flat-skate-blade-first into the end boards:

DallasStars.com's Mark Stepneski confirmed:

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.

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Chet's avatar

just…terrible luck.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 11/30/13 at 03:37 AM ET

Alan's avatar

That was hard to watch. Very bad luck, to be sure.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 11/30/13 at 04:18 AM ET

Chet's avatar

it’s weird, I’ve been skating for most of my adult life. any time you’re out of control heading toward the boards, it’s a crapshoot. sometimes you catch yourself, turn your body, whatever, sometimes it’s a broken leg.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 11/30/13 at 04:43 AM ET


I was watching live last night and was hoping it was just some ligament damage. Kept rewinding it watching trying to convince myself his leg didn’t bend in the middle of the lower leg and turn am extra 90 degrees. Didn’t work very well.

Posted by teldar on 11/30/13 at 07:26 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

UGH ! I also was watching it on NHL Network I it made me ill to see that!! good Luck to him sick

Posted by Evilpens on 11/30/13 at 09:26 AM ET

TeamDub's avatar

Watched it live - made me a little queasy. If you watch closely, his leg is broken before he ever hits the end boards.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 11/30/13 at 11:24 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Stars announce Robidas out 4-6 months with fractured leg.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/30/13 at 01:14 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

well they need a RH D Man now since they don’t have any other RH D Men & the Pens have Niskanen

Posted by Evilpens on 11/30/13 at 01:22 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

the Pens have Niskanen

They brought in Nill.  Did they bring in Holland’s penchant for re-aquisitions?  We’ll see!

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 11/30/13 at 03:26 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Nisky has been pretty damn good but the Pens are LOADED with D Men Prospects Maatta, Despres are playing on the Pens right now, Dumoulin, Samielsson yep Ulfie’s son Harrington are in AHL & Derrek Pouliot is in minors & Harrison Ruoop is down in the ECHL affiliate in wheeling they are so stacked

Posted by Evilpens on 11/30/13 at 05:58 PM ET

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