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Ryan Getzlaf’s mouth a mangled mess after taking slap shot to face (photo)

During Game 1 of the Anaheim Ducks’ Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday, team captain Ryan Getzlaf suffered a deep facial laceration after a slap shot off the stick of Tyler Seguin caught him up high late in the third period of the team’s 4-3 win. (video here).

On Thursday, Getzlaf’s brother Chris, a pro athlete in his own right, playing wide receiver for the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, tweeted the below photo that shows the grisly aftermath of taking a hard chunk of vulcanized rubber traveling absurdly fast speed to the mouth.

Yamma hamma. The Ducks issued the following statement on Thursday (via Twitter):

Ryan Getzlaf suffered a deep facial laceration last night in Game 1 vs. Dallas. He received numerous stitches, and x-rays were negative.

Crazy stuff, man. Even crazier? Getzlaf is expected to play Friday night in Game 2, which is about the millionth example that documents hockey players are the toughest athletes on the planet.

Sure, his face looks like an absolute mess, but teammate Ben Lovejoy put it all in its proper perspective (via

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

Only a hockey player would think that Getzlaf looks very good.

[Puck Daddy]