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No, your eyes do not deceive you, the Ducks... the same Ducks that could only score just 1 goal last night, scored a total of 7 goals. SEVEN. 2 of them belonging to who other than Ryan Getzlaf, who was a game time decision to play! If he went into the game hoping to make a statement to Yzerman about if he's capable of playing for Team Canada in the olympics, he got his wish. He made a huge statement with 2 goals and 2 assists on the night. I think he's more than capable of taking on Team Canada, and I personally never had a shadow of a doubt that he would be playing in the olympic games. If you know Getzlaf, you know he's a beast. He's the guy who gets a puck straight to the noggin, goes to the locker room to get stitched up, and is back playing the next shift. Unless something in his lower body is broken, he plays. There's no stopping him, and a sprained ankle definitely wouldn't stop him. The Ducks took no mercy on the leagues cellar dwellers and pummeled 7 goals to the net. It's always exciting to watch your team get 7 goals in a game no matter who their playing, whether it should be that way or not. 7 goals is 7 goals. The Ducks go into the Olympic break on a HUGE win, sitting 3 points out of the 8th spot. There will be 20 games remaining in the final stretch for their push for the playoffs.
POST GAME QUOTES:
"I haven't had to make many decisions like this. Obviously this one I have to pull back and make sure I'm doing what's right for (the Ducks) and myself as well," Getzlaf added. "If my ankle's fine in the morning, it won't be a hard decision for me."
"He's a very skilled player," said Carlyle. "There's a reason he was selected to Team Canada. He went out and proved he's quite capable of playing to a high level, and he's to be commended. To think he would play in this game after reviewing the injury...it's just amazing. It was all up to him."
"(Carter and I), we haven't talked yet," chuckled Getzlaf when asked if he's received a text from the Flyer."His situation, it's a tough one and so is mine. We're good friends and I'm sure it'll be perfectly fine no matter how it turns out."
Source for Quotes: ducks.nhl.com
Edmonton Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers fails to prevent a score on a shot by Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf, not shown, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. (Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports)