Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf drilled by slap shot right in the face (video)
In the latest of about a million examples demonstrating the toughness of hockey players, Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was drilled directly in the face by a slap shot off the stick of Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin.
The scary incident occurred as time was running down in the third period with the Ducks holding a precarious 4-3 lead. With less than 20 seconds remaining and the Stars with the net empty and an extra attacker in the offensive zone, Seguin wound up on a rolling puck and blasted a slap shot towards the net. Unfortunately for Getzlaf, his face was directly in the line of fire between Seguin’s rising slapper and Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen, and the puck drilled him with a lot of speed, dropping the Ducks captain instantly to the ice.
Drops of Getzlaf’s blood could be seen spilling onto the ice as he made his way to the bench and immediately made his way to the dressing room.
After the game, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau let the press know about Getzlaf’s condition.
“I think he’s going to be OK, but he’s probably going to have a little nasty cut on the side of his mouth,” he said, via NHL.com. “As far as I know, nothing else is there. But I’ll know more tomorrow.”
At least Getzlaf can take solace in the fact that the Ducks held on for a 4-3 win in the opening game of its Stanley Cup quarterfinal series with the Stars. That’s probably a nice thing to fall back on as he sips his meals on Thursday through a straw.