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Ducks' Getzlaf will play in Game 2 against Stars

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 3:12 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / Ducks-Stars series blog

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Ducks' Getzlaf will play in Game 2 against Stars

ANAHEIM -- The Anaheim Ducks are one game into their Western Conference First Round series and captain Ryan Getzlaf literally has his arms full.

The drama surrounding Getzlaf's return for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center (10 p.m. PT; NBCSN, TSN, FS-SW, PRIME) took another turn when Getzlaf and his wife, Paige, welcomed a daughter, Willa, early Friday morning. It is the couple's third child and first girl.

Getzlaf was not at the morning skate. Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed Getzlaf will play after a long day.

"He's pretty tired today," Boudreau said. "He opted to take the morning off and get some rest, so I said yes."

Getzlaf is recovering from a slap shot to the face in the last seconds of Game 1 that required stitches. His brother, Chris, posted a photo of the stitched-up cut on Twitter. X-rays were negative and it wasn't a surprise Getzlaf will be in the lineup.

"Honestly, none of us expect anything less," center Nick Bonino said. "If there's a way anyone on the team can play, they're going to do it. It's that time of year. When we heard the X-rays were negative, I'm sure he said right away he's playing. I think we all knew he would."

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