Getzlaf, the NHL team’s leading scorer in the regular season, left the ice with 16.3 seconds left in regulation in Wednesday’s 4-3 playoff-opening win over Dallas after getting hit in the face by a shot from Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who had scored minutes earlier to make it a one-goal game.
Getzlaf, 28, suffered a deep facial laceration and received numerous stitches, according to team spokesman Alex Gilchrist, but x-rays were negative.
In a 2010 game against Phoenix, the Regina native sustained nasal sinus fractures.
On Wednesday, Getzlaf topped all Ducks in ice time, playing 20 minutes 50 seconds while scoring a goal on four shots and adding an assist. The centre also had two hits, four blocked shots and won 50 per cent of his faceoffs.
He scored 31 goals and 87 points in 77 regular-season games.
Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for Western Conference champion Anaheim, which began its post-season run on a dead sprint. The Ducks led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008.
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