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X-rays on Getzlaf negative, expected for Game 2

by Curtis Zupke

ANAHEIM – Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has a deep facial laceration but X-rays were negative and he is expected to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series Friday night at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS (JIP), FS-SW, PRIME), according to the team.

Getzlaf was struck by Tyler Seguin's slap shot in the face with 16 seconds remaining in a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 1 on Wednesday night. He immediately left the ice and was seen with an ice pack to his face in the dressing room afterward.

Getzlaf did not skate Thursday and did not speak to reporters. He received numerous stitches and was still swollen. That Getzlaf is expected to play Game 2 is an example of his leadership.

"That's why he is who he is," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That's why he's won two gold medals and a Stanley Cup, and he's not 30. He's learned from the Scotty Niedermayers and the Chris Prongers that were here before him too. He's a battler and a gamer. It won't look too pretty, but he's going to be playing."

Getzlaf had a goal and an assist with four blocked shots in Game 1. He led all Ducks forwards with 20:50 minutes of ice time.

The Ducks were relieved that it wasn't serious. Defenseman Ben Lovejoy joked about their Hart Trophy candidate earning another scar.

"It's a scary situation," Lovejoy said. "Luckily he's married. He's got a couple of kids. He's not trying to impress anybody with his face."

It is the second serious facial injury for Getzlaf, who had non-displaced nasal sinus fractures when he was hit by a deflected puck in the forehead of a 2010 game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Getzlaf briefly wore a visor after the incident.

Boudreau said he didn't know if Getzlaf would wear a face shield or some protective device.

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