One day after Ryan Getzlaf
suffered an injury to his left ankle, the center said he is hopeful that he can make a quick recovery.
"I feel a lot better actually," Getzlaf said. "Last night was pretty ugly at times and painful. The swelling reacted perfectly. There is not much swelling in it. I am going to get an MRI right now and we’ll see how it goes from there."
About six minutes into the second period of Anaheim's 4-2 victory over the rival Kings last night, Getzlaf got tangled up with Dustin Brown before falling to the ice awkwardly on a Ducks power play. He immediately departed to the dressing room and did not return the rest of the way. X-rays came back negative and an MRI is scheduled for today, where the 24-year-old was headed after his brief morning talk with reporters.
"I made a little pass back and ended up tucking my ankle underneath me," he said. "With the way the play went and the way it felt, it was definitely a scary time. Last night was tough for me. This morning, it looked really positive. My meetings with our trainers so far have gone really well. I’m crossing my fingers going to get the MRI this afternoon.
"I don’t think it’s what they call a high ankle sprain because that from what I understand that is a little higher than where mine is. It’s a great thing. I’m really positive this morning and hope for the best. We’ll see how things go from here. I’ll be in contact with the doctors all day. We’ll probably know a little bit more tomorrow."
Along with three more Ducks games remaining before the Olympic break, Getzlaf is also slated to play in the upcoming Olympics for Team Canada, whose first game in Vancouver comes Feb. 16 against Norway.
"It’s definitely hopeful," Getzlaf said of playing in the Winter Games. "We’re far from ruling it out, that is for sure. I had a talk with Steve Yzerman already. He made it pretty clear that they were going to do everything they can to wait and make sure that it is well. At the same time, he has to protect his team too.
"I’m definitely not going to go play in a tournament that I’m not ready to play in, especially a tournament of that caliber. For me, it’s a dream come true to play in a tournament like that and I’m going to do everything possible to be there."