Getzlaf slipped on the ice at Friday's morning skate and was said by Coach Bruce Boudreau to have been iffy to play that night. He did, producing his first career hat trick with three first-period goals, adding an assist.
Boudreau heaped effusive praise on Getzlaf after Friday's game for his energy and Getzlaf showed no signs of a lingering injury afterward.
The coach gave Getzlaf Saturday’s practice off, raising no alarms by identifying the absence as a “four-point maintenance day” along with another absent first-line player,
Getzlaf, with 10 goals and 12 assists, is tied for second in
Getzlaf is also one of five Ducks to rank in the top seven in plus/minus, at plus-12.
His brother, Chris, a wide receiver for the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders, also missed Sunday's game against a Vancouver-based team, the B.C. Lions, but he was ruled out two days ago because of a knee injury.
A team spokesman said Ryan Getzlaf was expected to watch Sunday's game inside Honda Center.
The Ducks are 7-0 at home this season and on a 7-0-1 run, leading the NHL in points and goals.