After Coach Carlyle held one-on-one meetings with the players yesterday, they showed in the 1st period tonight that the message was received loud and clear. The first period was all the Ducks needed to clinch the 3-1 victory over the Coyotes. In the 2nd period Getzlaf got hit square in the face with a shot by Doan and left the ice immediately. Heaps of blood left behind on the ice. 10 stitches to the forehead later, he did not return to the game. A scary injury, and I hope he's not out for very long.
POST GAME QUOTES:
"We talked about some of the things we thought were grieving them and some of the things they thought were grieving us," Carlyle said. "We felt better today. Obviously the coaching staff makes the final decisions, but it doesn't hurt to get some feedback."
"We have to show that when we play well we can play with any team in the league," Hiller said. "Our problem is we haven't shown that every night."
"We can't do that," Carlyle said of the two-man advantages. "Those are things where we're very fortunate to get out of here with two points."
Phoenix had one shot on their second, 37-second two-man advantage. The crowd also might have been boosted by a $1 beer promotion. Ryan Getzlaf took a puck to the face 4:31 into the second period and bled profusely before he was helped to the dressing room. Ducks personnel said Getzlaf had a laceration above the eye and was feeling better by the third period, but he didn't return. He will be evaluated Wednesday morning.
Source for Quotes & Game Day Notes: ducks.nhl.com
Anaheim Ducks right winger Corey Perry (center) celebrates with teammates Ryan Getzlaf (left) and Matt Beleskey (39) after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Glendale, Ariz.(Photo by Yahoo Sports)