The injury occurred midway through the second period, when Getzlaf hobbled to the bench after blocking a shot from a Phoenix Coyotes player. Getzlaf didn't return to the ice in the third period, and Saku Koivu replaced him on the top line along with Corey Perry while fans waited for news.
When it came, it wasn't good.
Ducks report that Ryan Getzlaf has a lower-body injury and won't return to game.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) January 12, 2014
The injury is ill-timed considering Getzlaf was set to suit up for Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in just a few short weeks. Fans, the Ducks and Team Canada can only hope that the center doesn't have to miss significant time.