won't require surgery to repair the nasal sinus fractures he sustained after getting hit by a puck in a game last week, but the Anaheim Ducks
center will be out of the lineup for around a month while the bones heal.
Getzlaf had another exam earlier in the week that revealed all the breaks remain stable, but it would be about 4-6 weeks from the original date of the injury before he can return to game action.
"It was pretty scary for the first few days after (getting hit), and after the first CT scan," Getzlaf, still sporting a nasty-looking cut on his forehead, told reporters. "We weren't really sure what exactly was wrong. There were a lot of different fractures and stuff going on up there."
Getzlaf was struck by a shot off the stick of Phoenix Coyotes
captain Shane Doan
during a Dec. 28 game. The puck glanced off the stick of Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler
and caught Getzlaf just under the helmet.
"It hit me so square, it kind of ricocheted off," Getzlaf said. "I didn't have a chance to move my face to the side a little bit. When it hit, it definitely was scary. Obviously I knew it wasn't in my eye -- not everybody else knew -- but it was a scary time because I kind of got a little dazed and didn't really know what was going on. I just knew I had to get off the ice because I was bleeding."
The 25-year-old Getzlaf had played in all 40 games for the Ducks this season and is second on the team in scoring with 13 goals and 37 points.