Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf was scratched from Sunday night’s home game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury, with the team announcing the move seconds after the Ducks began warming up on the Honda Center ice.
Center Mathieu Perreault (five goals, nine assists) started in Getzlaf's place Sunday.
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, Dustin Penner, who had a goal and three assists in Friday’s 6-2 victory over Buffalo.
Getzlaf, with 10 goals and 12 assists, is tied for second in NHL scoring with 22 points, behind Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos (23).
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.