Practice Report: Ducks React to Robidas Injury, Prepare for Game 4

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Practice Report: Ducks React to Robidas Injury, Prepare for Game 4
After a tough loss to the Stars in last night\u2019s Game 3, the Ducks returned to the ice at American Airlines Center for a short practice today.
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By AJ Manderichio
AnaheimDucks.com

DALLAS - After a tough loss to the Stars in last night’s Game 3, the Ducks returned to the ice at American Airlines Center for a short practice today.

Much of the focus centered on defenseman Stephane Robidas, who fractured his right leg early in the second period of last night’s contest. Ryan Garbutt dove for a loose puck, awkwardly hitting the Ducks defenseman and sending him to the ice. Robidas, who recently recovered from a gruesome injury to that same leg in November, had left a lasting impression on his teammates in a short time with the club.    

“He’s not only a good guy and a solid guy, but he’s a great player,” Andrew Cogliano said. “That’s a huge loss for us.”

Defenseman Ben Lovejoy echoed those same sentiments. “You feel awful for him,” Lovejoy said. “He’s battled to come back and he’s become a big part of our team. We will absolutely miss him on and off the ice.”

D-man Mark Fistric, who played with Robidas while the two were members of the Stars, admitted it was a heartbreaking scene. “I’ve been a teammate of Robi’s for a lot of years,” he said. “I looked up to him as a mentor and he means the world to me. He showed me and taught me a lot.”

The loss provides extra motivation for a Ducks squad with plenty already in the tank.

“You want to win for him,” Cogliano said. “When you see a guy go down and break his leg for the second time in six months, you feel it down deep. I think a lot of guys did feel that and we’re looking to make things right.”

LET’S GET PHYSICAL
As their first round series has progressed, the Ducks and Stars have ramped up the physical play. The two teams combined for 64 hits last night, and nearly each whistle featured a scrum and plenty of punches exchanged.

The Ducks expected nothing less.

“I wasn’t that surprised on the way they came out,” Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said. “They came out hitting, and they tend to do that in their building more than anywhere. Being down 2-0 in a series, I think that’s the only thing you can do – come out hard and play a good game.”

It’s not just the heavy hitters throwing their weight around on the ice.

“Guys who don’t normally hit during the regular season hit in the playoffs,” Fistric said. “It’s a best-of-seven series, and guys on each team are going to do whatever it takes to win four games.”

While the Ducks want to avoid retaliation penalties and getting into the fray, coach Bruce Boudreau provided a simple solution to curb the increased physicality.

“You counteract that if you score a couple of goals on the power play,” he said. “If you’re not going to make them pay when they’re doing things, automatically they’re going to keep doing things because they have no fear of you.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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