Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf returned to practice with his team for the first time since Monday but didn’t definitively say if he was playing in Friday night’s Game 5 of the Western Conference playoffs.
The Ducks’ first-round series versus the Dallas Stars is tied 2-2.
“We’ll see tonight. This is part of the process we’re going through and we won’t know until game time,” said Getzlaf, who led the Ducks in points (31 goals, 56 assists) during the regular season and has two goals and two assists in this series.
“I feel good, everything’s where we want it to be. Hopefully, that continues on throughout the day. It was about getting on the ice, seeing how it goes. Looking forward to getting back on the ice. This was one of the steps.”
Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau labeled his star center “questionable.”
Getzlaf suffered a nasty laceration that required multiple stitches when he was struck in the face by a Dallas shot in Game 1. In Game 3, instigating Dallas forward Antoine Roussel took aim at Getzaf’s wounded chin and threw a left-handed punch at it.
Boudreau previously said Getzlaf aggravated a prior inury in Game 3, forcing him to miss the Ducks’ 4-2 Game 4 loss in Dallas and seek medical treatment. The injury is not believed to be a concussion.
Getzlaf said two prior home victories over Dallas are a source of encouragement for Game 5 at
“We knew we were in for a hard-fought series, they’re playing very well over there, so we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for this one like we were in Game 1,” Getzlaf said.
ANDERSEN STAYS IN: Rookie goalie Frederik Andersen surrendered four goals on 18 shots after the Ducks staked him to a 2-0 lead Wednesday and was pulled in favor of veteran Jonas Hiller.
Yet, Andersen was first off the ice at Friday's morning skate, with Boudreau later explaining why he’s keeping Andersen in net for Game 5.
One reason is that beating the Stars requires better work by the Ducks skaters to defuse Dallas’ speed.
“We all know they’re a very fast team, it’s their biggest asset as a group,” Boudreau said.
“The goalie situation … sometimes you have a good game, sometimes you have a bad game. Last year in the playoffs [in letting Hiller play all seven games], it was the same thing. That had been Andersen’s first bad game in an awful long time. I think he’ll come back and do a real good job tonight.”
MORE ON LINEUPS: Boudreau said forward Teemu Selanne will play after being a Game 4 healthy scratch and said there’s a “good chance” rugged defenseman Luca Sbisa will play in his first game of the series.
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