NHL News: Anaheim Ducks Fight for Wins after Captain’s Injury

January 5th, 2011 by Liz Brownstein Leave a reply »
In a very unfortunate play during Anaheim's contest against the Phoenix Coyotes December 28, Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf took a puck to the face, causing a few nasal sinus fractures.  After CT scans and other various tests, there was no bone dislocation found, meaning surgery will not be necessary. 

Getzlaf spoke to the media earlier today about the injury, explaining he is relieved that the healing time is just 4-6 weeks, which is less than the recovery time had surgery been needed.  The fractures broke in such a way that the bones are not very close to his eyes or brain, thus the risks are limited.  In short, Anaheim can breathe a sigh of relief because their captain is out for a shorter length of time than expected. 

It's somewhat odd that this is the second Anaheim injury to come at the hand (or stick) of Shane Doan of the Coyotes.  Earlier this season, Doan sent Cam Fowler into the boards breaking the rookie's nose, and now it was a shot off Doan's stick that caused Getzlaf's facial fractures.

Despite losing their captain just two games ago, Anaheim has still fought to hold onto their precarious ...

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