Ryan Getzlaf was a surprise scratch prior to Game 4 for the Anaheim Ducks, their captain not appearing in warmups. His absence was definitely missed as the Ducks lost a 2-0 lead and dropped the game 4-2 to the Stars.
Now with the series heading back to Anaheim and momentum on the side of the Stars, the question of the day is will Getzlaf be in the lineup for Game 5? He still doesn't know.
Getzlaf said that he is questionable to play in Game 5 on Friday but beyond that he didn't give any specifics because, you know, this is the postseason.
"I'm not really going to discuss what exactly is going on. That's what we've always done here during the playoffs. I wish I could give you insight on it, but I'm just not allowed to. I do know that it's questionable for tomorrow. We're going through different things today and doing our process to get ready for tomorrow. It's just a matter of rallying around each other right now and making sure we put our best foot forward."
Sounds more like a situation of getting clearance than anything else with how Getzlaf speaks about it. Certainly he'd like to be on the ice playing.
For him one of the toughest parts about sitting out Game 4, he said, was knowing how he could have helped his team in any and all situations. Getzlaf is their captain but he also is a bit of a do-everything guy; he kills penalties, leads them in points, plays on the power play; you name it, he does it.
Now with Dallas getting back in this series, Game 5 becomes crucial. Anaheim won't want to head back to Dallas with their season on the line. They need to hold home ice.