Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf had surgery to repair a broken bone in his cheek and could need up to two months to recover, general manager Bob Murray said Tuesday.
Murray called the injury a complex fracture of the zygomatic bone in Getzlaf's cheek and said screws were needed to stabilize it.
Getzlaf, 32, hasn't played since Oct. 29, when teammate Corey Perry's shot was redirected by Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho and hit him in the face 23 seconds into the Ducks' 4-3 shootout win. Getzlaf played six more shifts in the first period after returning from the locker room but did not come out for the second period.
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Getzlaf, Anaheim's captain, has seven points (one goal, six assists) in six games. He missed the first two games of the season and then three in a row from Oct. 13-20 with a lower-body injury.
In addition to Getzlaf, forwards Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves, and defensemen Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen have missed significant time with injury.
"It's hard to remember [a season] with such elite players, important people out of your lineup," Murray said. "Nobody's going to feel sorry for us."
The Ducks host the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV).
Video: Updates on Getzlaf's surgery and other Ducks inuries