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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 56 36 16 4 158 128 76
2 DAL 53 33 15 5 170 142 71
3 STL 55 30 17 8 132 129 68
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 51 27 20 4 147 138 58
6 NSH 53 25 20 8 136 139 58
7 COL 55 27 24 4 146 148 58
8 ANA 50 25 18 7 111 115 57
9 MIN 52 23 20 9 127 126 55
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 52 20 20 12 120 142 52
12 CGY 51 23 25 3 134 148 49
13 WPG 51 22 26 3 132 148 47
14 EDM 53 21 27 5 131 156 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Perry 50 21 14 -2 35
R. Getzlaf 46 4 30 6 34
R. Rakell 47 11 15 1 26
R. Kesler 50 11 15 -8 26
S. Vatanen 50 6 18 0 24
J. Silfverberg 50 6 11 -3 17
C. Stewart 44 7 9 1 16
A. Cogliano 50 5 11 -10 16
H. Lindholm 49 6 8 -4 14
C. Fowler 37 3 9 -9 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 10 8 5 .918 2.35
J. Gibson 12 7 2 .923 1.92

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