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Ducks' Getzlaf hoping he'll be back in Game 5 lineup

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM -- It sure looked like Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was ready to return to the lineup, but he didn't give anything away about his status for Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars on Friday at Honda Center (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS2, PRIME, FS-SW).

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2 after the Stars won the past two games in Dallas.

"We'll see tonight," Getzlaf said. "This is part of our process that we're going through right now. I won't really know until game time tonight.

"I feel good. Everything's where we want it to be and hopefully that continues on throughout the day."

Getzlaf took line rushes with center Nick Bonino and right wing Corey Perry. That's a significant sign considering Getzlaf typically does not go on the ice at morning skates even when healthy.

Asked if the participation meant Getzlaf was back in, Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said, "No. But it means that he was trying to see how it was. He's questionable. We'll just have to see how his body reacts."

Getzlaf missed Game 4 with an undisclosed upper-body injury which is thought to be related to the puck to the face he took in Game 1 that required numerous stitches. He is wearing a partial cage that covers the jaw area. Getzlaf didn't say he had received medical clearance and smiled when asked about his pain level.

"You guys are going to ask me about 800 more questions, and I'm going to have the same answer," he said. "I'm really not going to disclose what's going on right now, and I won't be able to. We're just looking forward to hopefully getting in the lineup, and that's kind of all I can say."

Getzlaf's return would help the Ducks in numerous ways given he plays in all situations and helps counter Dallas' top-line duo of left wing Jamie Benn and center Tyler Seguin. It would allow Anaheim to slot other players back into their lines as they try to rebound from a 4-2 loss Getzlaf watched from home.

"The hardest thing [is] to watch your teammates out there battling and trying so hard to get the job done and come up a little bit short," he said. "Those aren't things I'm used to or like doing, and hopefully we can change that tonight."

What is known about the Ducks lineup is goalie Frederik Andersen and veteran forward Teemu Selanne will be in it.

Andersen won the first two games of the series on home ice before losing twice in Dallas, giving up seven goals on 47 shots. He was pulled in the third period of Game 4 for Jonas Hiller.

"[Game 3] was his first bad game in a while. I'm confident we'll see him bounce back tonight," coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Selanne, a healthy scratch in Game 4, will return for Game 5.

"I'm a positive guy," Selanne said. "It's a new opportunity today. There's no hard feelings."

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