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Getzlaf’s X-rays come up negative, should be available in Game 2

Apr 17, 2014, 6:36 PM EDT

Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf certainly isn’t feeling great a day after his face was lacerated by a shot from Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin – he didn’t skate on Thursday – but the bigger picture news is generally good for the star player.

For one thing, X-rays came up negative, although he does have a deep facial laceration. He’s expected to play in the Ducks’ Game 2 matchup on Friday.

Here’s video of the shot that hurt (but didn’t “injure” … technically) Getzlaf from Wednesday:

Getzlaf, 28, finished second overall in the NHL in points this season with 87 despite being limited to 77 games. He was masterful on Wednesday, too, scoring a goal and an assist in helping the Ducks build a 1-0 series lead via a 3-2 win.

While Bruce Boudreau pumped up Getzlaf’s leadership skills, Ben Lovejoyaka the guy who many hockey fans might remember having colorful wounds on his face as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins on HBO 24/7provided the best one-liner to NHL.com.

“It’s a scary situation,” Lovejoy said. “Luckily he’s married. He’s got a couple of kids. He’s not trying to impress anybody with his face.”

  1. joey4id - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Wow! Good news! Dodged a bullet! Might be a minor inconvenience if he must wear facial protection to protect the stitches from opening should he be hit in the face accidentally.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Glad to read this. Injuries are a part of hockey; but, one doesn’t want to see a playoff team knocked out because of the injury of one of its players. In this case, probably its best player.

  3. areaman714 - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Whew department . . .

  4. therealbigben - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Get well, Getz!!

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