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Practice Report: Updates on Getzlaf, Beleskey

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 1:14 PM PT / News
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Practice Report: Updates on Getzlaf, Beleskey
PHOTOS FROM PRACTICE
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

Ducks fans can breathe a sigh of relief as the Ducks announced today that captain Ryan Getzlaf, who suffered a deep facial laceration last night in Game 1, is expected to play tomorrow night.

Getzlaf took a Tyler Seguin slap shot in the cheek area with 16 seconds remaining in Anaheim’s 4-3 victory, and immediately headed to the locker room. But not before he crumbled to the ice, leaving a small pool of blood for the ice crew to shovel.

He received numerous stitches, and x-rays were negative.

Hockey players are known as some of the toughest athletes in sports, and Boudreau says that’s what makes Getzlaf who he is. “That’s why he’s the captain, won two gold medals and a Stanley Cup,” Boudreau said. “He’s learned from the Scotty Niedermayers and Chris Prongers who were here before him. He’s a battler and a gamer. He won’t look too pretty, but he’ll be playing.”

Getzlaf’s teammates say his return speaks of his leadership.

“It’s a good thing for our leader to show that,” said Cam Fowler. “He’s definitely the biggest part of our team, and it would certainly be a big loss if he went down. I’ve seen him take his fair share of bumps and bruises, and he always bounces back. It’s a good thing for our leader to show that. We know he’ll be there for us no matter what.”

“He’s a guy who’s going to lay it all on the line,” said Corey Perry. “Those things happen, but it’s the playoffs. If you can get out there and play, you’re going to do that. You’re going to help your team win.”

Ben Lovejoy says Getzlaf looks like someone who’s playing postseason hockey.

“Luckily he’s married with a couple of kids,” he said. “He’s not out trying to impress people with his face. This is playoff hockey. I think he looks very good.”

BELESKEY UPDATE
Matt Beleskey
played a shade over 11 minutes of ice time last night before leaving the game with a lower-body injury. Beleskey, who skated on the top line with Getzlaf and Perry, scored and goal and earned an assist for his first career postseason multi-point game.

Earlier today, Beleskey said it’s an injury that’s been off and on throughout the season.

“All year it’s kind of been all over the place, so it’s just something that’s day to day, and I’ll see how I feel tomorrow,” he said. “It’s going to be every morning coming in and seeing how I feel from there. It’s playoff time, guys. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”

Boudreau says the team’s depth up front shouldn’t be affected much if Beleskey can’t play tomorrow night.

“We haven’t had the same lineup twice in a row all year, so I don’t think it’s really going to affect us that much” he said. “We’re going to miss Matt, if he doesn’t play, because he’s a good player.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 148 152 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 120 142 54
12 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
13 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 52 21 17 -3 38
R. Getzlaf 48 5 33 9 38
R. Rakell 49 13 15 -2 28
R. Kesler 52 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 52 6 19 -1 25
C. Stewart 46 8 9 2 17
J. Silfverberg 52 6 11 -2 17
A. Cogliano 52 6 11 -9 17
H. Lindholm 51 6 8 -5 14
C. Fowler 39 3 9 -11 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 11 8 5 .920 2.27
J. Gibson 12 8 2 .917 2.13

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