The Ducks revealed that Getzlaf played through a sports hernia. It’s not clear when he sustained the injury and thus we don’t know how long he was dealing with the problem. He did record two goals and 20 points in 16 playoff contests, including an assist in Game 7 of Anaheim’s series against the Blackhawks.
The good news is that Getzlaf will not require surgery. Teammate Nate Thompson unfortunately can’t say the same.
Thompson, 30, is scheduled to have a shoulder operation today. He was hurt in a game against Arizona on April 11 and missed the first round of the playoffs as a result. However, he returned on April 30 and went on to record two goals and six points in 12 postseason contests.
It’s not yet known what the timetable is for Thompson’s recovery, per the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.
The Anaheim Ducks did a bit of line juggling during the team’s morning skate at the Honda Center on Saturday.
After sitting out Game 6, it appears Tomas Fleischmann will enter the Ducks’ lineup tonight in place of Emerson Etem. The 31-year-old practiced on the team’s fourth line with Kyle Palmieri and Rickard Rakell.
Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau has a history with Fleischmann, which dates back to when the two were with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals.
“There’s a real good chance that he’s in,” said Boudreau. “I just think an experienced guy, he’s been through these wars, he’s played in Game 7s, he’s been in championship games.
“When I was with Hershey, it was a while ago, but he was the MVP in the playoffs. So he knows what to do in these situations.”
In five playoff games this spring, Fleischmann has one assist.
With Palmieri on the fourth line, Jiri Sekac moves up to the Ducks’ third line along side Nate Thompson and Andrew Cogliano. Sekac has a plus-1 rating and two penalty minutes while averaging 11:14 in ice time in six games this spring.
Though he wouldn’t commit to anything, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau is contemplaing mixing up his bottom-six forward group for tomorrow’s Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against Chicago.
Right winger Kyle Palmieri — who has spent most of this series on a line with Andrew Cogliano and Nate Thompson — was replaced by Jiri Sekac on the third line, moving Palmieri onto the fourth with Rickard Rakell and Tomas Fleischmann. Fleischmann had taken the place of Emerson Etem on the bottom line, which has happened on a few occasions this postseason (including Game 5 of this series).
The moves were a chemistry test, according to Boudreau, who suggested he might use these new units as Anaheim looks to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in eight years.
“I wanted to see it in practice today,” Boudreau said, per NHL.com. “We tried that a little bit. I wanted to make sure that if that’s the route we’re going to go, then I wanted to see if they at least had sort of some good chemistry together. We talked about it and we’ll talk about it again [Saturday] morning.
“By no means are those set in stone, those lines today.”
Flames’ Gaudreau wasn’t happy with benching in Game 1
The Calder Trophy finalist was the recipient of a hit from behind courtesy Nate Thompson early in the second period.
On Friday Hartley admitted the 21-year-old was not happy watching as his teammates fell 6-1 at the Honda Center.
“I believe he wasn’t OK with this,” said Hartley per the Calgary Herald. “When I told him early in the third period and I told him why wasn’t playing. Johnny wants to be on the ice.”
Gaudreau, who has two goals and four assists in seven playoff games, agreed it was tough to watch.
“Yeah, I mean watching the guys out there skate to a 5-0 game, in a physical game like that,” he said. “I want to be out there with him. But you’ve gotta listen to the coach. He knows what’s best.”
After scoring 24 goals and 64 points in 80 regular season games, Gaudreau feels he can still be better as the series continues Sunday in Anaheim.
“Obviously I need to play better and play harder,” he said. “It was a 5-0 game at that point so I don’t know what the coach was really thinking at that time. But I think I’m going to come out flying in the second game and make sure I’m a little bit better.”