Ducks defenseman Robidas breaks leg again in return to Dallas
APR 21, 2014 11:57p ET
Robidas had to be helped off the ice after his right leg bent awkwardly when a sliding Ryan Garbutt of Dallas undercut him and knocked him to the ice early in the second period of the Ducks' 3-0 loss in Game 3 of a first-round series.
The play happened in front of Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen, who was a teammate Nov. 29 when Robidas slid hard into the boards and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher.
"I saw him go down and when I saw who it was, I felt bad," Lehtonen said of the latest injury, which the team said was just above the previous fracture.
Robidas never played for Dallas again and was sent to Anaheim just before the trade deadline for a fourth-round draft pick.
Stars fans cheered for the 37-year-old Robidas, chanting "Robi, Robi!" as he left the ice. He was transported to a hospital.
"He worked so hard to come back and be big part of this team," Anaheim's Cam Fowler said. "He was going to play a huge role for us."
The news was equally shocking in his old locker room. Robidas spent parts of 11 seasons with the Stars.
"Since I got here, he's been a big part of who I am and what I became," Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley said. "I was in tears when it happened with us. I have a similar feeling right now. It's just a bad feeling in my stomach."