The errant puck struck Ducks' captain Ryan Getzlaf on the side of the face. The game was stopped as Getzlaf went down bleeding and left the ice to go to the locker room with the trainer.
Ducks fans should be relieved. After the game, Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau said:
"I think he's going to be okay, but he's probably going to have a little nasty cut on the side of his mouth...As far as I know, nothing else is there. But I'll know more tomorrow."Considering it's the playoffs, it's unlikely Getzlaf will miss time and he should be ready for game 2 on Friday night. The only concern that arises is the fact that Getzlaf has suffered a facial injury before. On December 28, 2010, Getzlaf was hit with an errant puck in the forehead which caused nasal sinus fractures. Getzlaf didn't require surgery but still missed 14 games due to the injury which left him looking like this:
The Ducks announced on twitter today that Getzlaf is expected to play tomorrow night:
Getzlaf is expected to play tomorrow night in Game 2.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) April 17, 2014