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Ducks place Getzlaf on IR after puck to face

Thursday, 12.30.2010 / 4:25 PM / News

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Ducks place Getzlaf on IR after puck to face
The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Ryan Getzlaf on injured reserve Thursday with multiple nasal sinus fractures after he took a puck to the face in Tuesday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Getzlaf will visit a specialist to undergo additional tests Friday to determine how much time he will miss. He'll be out for at least the next two games, New Year's Eve against Philadelphia and Sunday against Chicago. He would be eligible to return when Anaheim hosts Nashville on Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Getzlaf, the Ducks' first-round pick in the 2003 Entry Draft, has 13 goals and 37 points in 40 games this season.

He was injured in the second period Tuesday when a Shane Doan shot deflected off the stick of Anaheim's Cam Fowler and struck Getzlaf in the forehead. A pool of blood formed on the ice immediately before he was helped off the ice for attention.

"We haven't had all the medical people that we think is necessary to look at Ryan at this point," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "Yesterday, we told him to take the morning to settle down. In the afternoon, he felt better. He went through to see our local doctors. Now, he's waiting for a specialist.

"With it being the holiday season, these people don't work between Christmas and New Year's. He'll see the specialist tomorrow. He will definitely not play [Friday] night."
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