Ryan Getzlaf came into Tuesday night riding a 16-game point streak, and considering his Ducks have collected points in 14 of of those 16, I think it's safe to say he's been a pretty important part of their success of late.
That in mind, this hit, which saw Kyle Quincey shove him headfirst into the end boards at Joe Louis Arena, had to be pretty scary for an Anaheim fan. Or anyone else for that matter:
Getzlaf left the game bleeding from the mouth, but he did return.
Quincey left the game as well, handed a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for this hit. Will that be all, or will he miss a few more?
There's certainly precedent. Corey Potter was suspended for a similar hit on Nick Bonino just yesterday, on what the league determined a shove "a dangerous distance from the boards". This one looks a lot like that. Unless the league decides Getzlaf caught an edge or was in the process of a reverse hit that simply went awry, one assumes Quincey will miss a game or two for this one.
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