Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Anaheim Ducks have criticized the Dallas Stars for their physical play during Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Monday.
“Well, I mean I think it was pretty obvious out there,” Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked about the physical play. “We’ve warned the refs about them. It’s just something that I guess you do anything to win, but it’s not something that I think our team would do.”
“We’ll take them and be as physical and be as mean as they want, but obviously they know there’s something wrong with his jaw, so they’re going after it,” Boudreau added, referring to captain Ryan Getzlaf’s injured jaw.
Late in the second period, with the Stars up 2-0, there was a scrum behind the net and Stars winger Antoine Roussel flicked Getzlaf’s face mask and Getzlaf punched Roussel in the face. Roussel then hit Getzlaf in the face a few times as players from both teams jumped into the fray.
Getzlaf’s jaw was injured in Game 1, when he was hit by a Tyler Seguin slap shot near the end of the game.
“You’ve got to stay as disciplined as you can, but you’ve got to protect yourself, too,” Getzlaf said. “That’s part of the game. Obviously, I never expected them to target my face that much, but that’s the way it goes I guess.”
Stars coach Lindy Ruff seemed surprised by how upset the Ducks were about the physical play.
“I don’t really know what the Ducks thought, but we tried to play hard,” Ruff said. “We tried to play the man. There were a couple of scrums that I’m pretty sure if you watch the scrums our guys got punched in the face a few times in those scrums.”
Anaheim leads the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is on Wednesday.
The Ducks, however, will play Game 4 without defenseman Stephane Robidas, who fractured his right leg early in the second period of Game 3.
Robidas and Ryan Garbutt got tangled up in front of the Ducks’ net and Robidas had to be helped off. He wasn’t able to put any weight on the leg as he left the ice at American Airlines Center.
“It’s a big loss for us,” Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler said. “My heart just breaks for the guy. He worked so hard to come back and become a big part of this team, and then there’s a freak accident and he goes down again.”
Robidas fractured the same leg on Nov. 29 as a member of the Stars. He missed four months before returning to the ice with the Ducks last month.