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Good News for Injured Ducks

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
By Matt Vevoda

AnaheimDucks.com


Things were mostly positive Tuesday for the three Ducks injured at different points on Sunday; positive enough that it is likely they will be available come tomorrow against the Blackhawks.

“As an individual you want to try to help as much as you can,” he said. “I just have to get back in the lineup. Sometimes it’s tough. This situation is like the playoffs for us. You have to find a way to play."
Teemu Selanne (sprained left shoulder) and George Parros (laceration on side of head) each participated in practice and were deemed by Randy Carlyle as probable “options” for Wednesday night’s tilt against Chicago.

While the Ducks head coach stopped short of also lumping Ryan Getzlaf (sprained left ankle) in that group, the 24-year-old center said he will make a strong push to be in the lineup despite not practicing today.

“It’s definitely a strong possibility that I will be playing, especially with the situation we’re in,” said Getzlaf, the team’s leader in assists (48) and points (66). “We’re fighting for our lives right now. I’m going to do everything I can to be in the lineup tomorrow night.”

His injury was to the ankle initially hurt on Feb. 8 against the Kings, which became a big topic heading into the Winter Olympics. Getzlaf has been sporting a protective boot once again (mainly to give the area a rest), but the severity this time around is not as great, in his opinion.

“Two days after the original injury, it was a lot worse,” said Getzlaf, whose was hurt when his foot was twisted the wrong way during a hit along the boards in the second period against San Jose. “Right now, it’s sore and not great, but definitely better than we were yesterday. Two or three more days off to get it to 100 percent is highly unlikely. We’re in a situation where we need to win hockey games. I’m going to do what is best for the team and the situation we’re in.”

“It’s definitely a strong possibility that I will be playing, especially with the situation we’re in,” Getzlaf said. “We’re fighting for our lives right now. I’m going to do everything I can to be in the lineup tomorrow night.”
Parros was unable to even make it to the game against the Sharks, as he was hurt when an errant puck struck the right side of his face during the morning skate. Even with a good-sized cut as evidence, Anaheim’s enforcer was in good spirits in the locker room.

“It caught me off guard because it was on my blind side,” Parros said. “I feel absolutely fine. My head is clear as can be, so it’s a lot better knowing that. We get cut all the time in the face. It was just a weird spot and time to get hit.”

Injuries have been a source of frustration for Selanne in his 17th NHL campaign. The Finnish Flash has already missed a total of 26 games with a broken hand and jaw earlier in the year. His status was unknown after he slammed into the Honda Center boards in the third period, as he tried to convert a Saku Koivu feed into career goal No. 600. But it looks like the extent of the damage is a sprained left shoulder and a small bruise on the left side of his head.

“It has been unbelievable,” Selanne said. “It’s hard to even describe. It’s been injury after injury. I worried about my shoulder because I felt a little pain there. I was scared to move. The good thing is the MRI showed there is no fracture. It’s just sore. It’s frustrating, but you have to face the facts, try to fight back and do what you can.”

If he does in fact take the ice tomorrow night, he will be in hot pursuit of that milestone goal. After he scored his 599th at the 7:40 mark in the first period against the Sharks, it looked like 600 would closely follow. His teammates were definitely trying to help him get there.

“Especially in the second period on the PP, I felt like the puck was coming from everywhere,” said Selanne.  “The one on the 5-on-3, I didn’t see the puck coming at all. It just hit my stick and it was bad bounce. I felt I had some good chances. Sometimes you just can’t find it. It was a great feeling when the boys were really trying to feed me.”

“It caught me off guard because it was on my blind side,” Parros said. “I feel absolutely fine. My head is clear as can be, so it’s a lot better knowing that. We get cut all the time in the face. It was just a weird spot and time to get hit.”
But more important to Selanne than his own personal accolades is trying to get the Ducks back into the playoff picture. He knows it is going to take a full team effort for the rest of the season and playing through injuries may be part of that equation.

“As an individual you want to try to help as much as you can,” he said. “I just have to get back in the lineup. Sometimes it’s tough. This situation is like the playoffs for us. You have to find a way to play.

“I’m very happy how the team played (against San Jose). We were ready and the intensity was exactly where we were before the Olympic break. If we keep playing like that, how we want, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to make it. We know it’s hard. But as long as there is time, there is hope. We’re going to fight until there is no chance.”
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