Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reported the news and noted that Getzlaf would not return to the contest:
Ducks report that Ryan Getzlaf has a lower-body injury and won't return to game.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) January 12, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 14
Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register said Getzlaf expects to be ready to go tomorrow:
Ryan Getzlaf (foot) said he felt good stopping and starting in hard practice and should be ready for tomorrow against Canucks.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) January 14, 2014
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Updates From Sunday, Jan. 12
The Ducks Twitter account has an update on Getzlaf's status moving forward:
#NHLDucks captian Ryan Getzlaf is day-to-day with a lower body injury and will not play tonight.— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) January 13, 2014
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Los Angeles Times reporter Lance Pugmire reported some good news after the game:
Getzlaf scored his 23rd goal of the 2013-14 season in the second period of Saturday's contest, building on the momentum of his two-goal performance in the Ducks' most recent win over the Nashville Predators.
The fourth-year captain has oozed with confidence and is an excellent leader. He conveyed this mindset after that victory.
"We never had the doubt that we can't win a hockey game. We know we have to be a big part of it," Getzlaf told Pugmire.
Anaheim is atop the Western Conference standings and was on a five-game winning streak before its road trip to Phoenix. If the 28-year-old star is out for any significant period of time, it will be a huge blow to the Ducks offense.
Thanks largely to the efforts of Getzlaf and the 53 points he's logged this season, his club is among the league's elite offensively, ranking No. 3 in the NHL through 46 games with an average of 3.3 goals per game.