Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf 'day-to-day' after MRI on ankle, should be OK for Olympics
An MRI exam on the left ankle of the Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf on Tuesday showed "no significant damage or muscle tears," meaning he should be able to play in the Olympics and could return to the Ducks before the Olympic break.
"My goal is to return to the ice this week for the Ducks, and I look forward to joining Team Canada for the Olympics on Monday," Getzlaf said in a statement from the team.
The injury had put Getzlaf's availability in question, setting off a flood of media requests from Canada at the Ducks' offices on Tuesday.
Canada's first game is Feb. 16.
The Ducks have three games before the break--Wednesday against Edmonton at the Honda Center, Saturday at Calgary and Sunday at Edmonton.
Getzlaf injured his ankle Monday when he got tangled up with the Kings' Dustin Brown during the second period of the Ducks' 4-2 victory that ended the Kings' club-record nine-game winning streak.
Getzlaf leads the Ducks with 57 points, including 15 goals.
Before undergoing the MRI Tuesday, Getzlaf called playing in the Olympics "a dream" saying, "I'll do everything possible to return."
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Photo: Ryan Getzlaf, bottom right, lies on the ice in pain after suffering an ankle injury against the Kings on Monday. Credit: Victor Decolongon / Getty Images