DALLAS -- An emotional Stephane Robidas returned to American Airlines Center on crutches Wednesday, as he dealt with the broken leg that will keep him out of the NHL playoffs.
Robidas was low-bridged by former teammate Ryan Garbutt in Game 1 on Monday and suffered a leg fracture, just above the one that knocked him out of action last November.
"Fortunately there won't be surgery," Robidas said during the first intermission of Game 2. "The rod and the screws are still in there, and it's strong. I know what the rehab will be like and I don't think it will be as bad as the first time."
He also was thankful that the injury happened here, where his family still has a home in Plano. Robidas played for Dallas from the beginning of the 2002 season until he was traded to the Ducks in March.
"If it had happened somewhere else I would have been in a hospital somewhere, I couldn't have flown," he said. "My doctors are all here, too."
Still, Robidas had to choke down tears when he was asked about the disappointment of missing the rest of this Stanley Cup run.
"It's very hard," he said. "I mean, I've been waiting for this the last five years (in which the Stars have missed the playoffs)."
Although the Ducks' Andrew Cogliano said Garbutt's play was "stupid" and "pointless" Robidas absolved the Stars' forward.
"He (Garbutt) reached out to me yesterday and told me how bad he felt about it," Robidas said. "I mean, he was diving for a puck. It was part of the game. It's just bad luck."
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