There's not much that can take Stephane Robidas down.
The venerable Dallas Stars defenseman laughs off hits that would put a mere mortal out for weeks, such as being run ribs first into the stanchion a few weeks back against the Nashville Predators. So when he dropped like a stone last night in the loss to the Colorado Avalanche, it was obvious something serious had happened.
That turned out to be taking a snap shot to the side of the head from Colorado's Matt Hunwick. Luckily for Robidas, he saw the puck coming and was able to turn his head at the last second, but it still did some pretty significant damage. Ralph Strangis has the visual documentation.
For what it's worth, Robidas does wear a visor, and hockey helmets are wonderful tools at preventing blunt force trauma to the skull. It's what they were designed for. And his last-second head turn kept this from being a puck to the nose or jaw.
To add insult to injury, Robidas stick got lodged behind Kari Lehtonen's foot when he fell to the ice grabbing his head, opening the gap that Chuck Kobasew used to score the game-winning goal. Sometimes you just can't catch a break.
Robidas is expected to play tonight against the Los Angeles Kings because he's tougher than you or me. From last night's post-game reportage by Mike Heika...
Puck broke Robidas helmet and cut side of head four stitches. Said he will play vs LA.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 21, 2013