Ryan Getzlaf suffered deep facial laceration, expected for Game 2
Ryan Getzlaf suffered a deep facial laceration in the closing seconds of Wednesday's Game 1 win but nothing was broken so he's expected to play in Game 2.
In the closing seconds of the Ducks' 4-3 Game 1 win over the Stars on Wednesday, Getzlaf took a one-time slap shot off the stick of Tyler Seguin right to the face. He doesn't wear a shield, leaving his face even more exposed.
He went off the ice clutching a towel soaking up his blood. There was no telling how bad it might have been.
But the good news for the Ducks is that the x-rays were negative, it's just going to require some stitches.
Ryan Getzlaf suffered a deep facial laceration last night in Game 1 vs. Dallas. He received numerous stitches, and x-rays were negative.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 17, 2014
By playoff hockey standards, that's pretty tame stuff and the Ducks say he's expected to be back for Game 2.
If Getzlaf were to miss any time it would be a devastating blow to the West's top seed. He had a season that will likely end with a second-place finish in Hart Trophy balloting for the NHL's MVP and does it all for the Ducks, especially since he's helping to defend the Stars' dynamite duo of Seguin and Jamie Benn.
Game 2 will be on Friday night in Anaheim.
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