BOSTON — The absence of traded left winger Chris Kunitz won’t be the only difference on the Anaheim top line tonight when the Ducks take on the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden.
Center Ryan Getzlaf, who suffered a broken nose as a result of a hit from Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad Tuesday, will play — but with a protective bubble shield that makes him hard to recognize if not for his familiar No. 15 Anaheim sweater on his back.
“Everything’s been moving according to plan and I’ll be ready to go tonight,” he said after the Ducks’ morning skate. “It’s a little bit of a different feeling out there. But the vision is OK and stuff, so that’s that main thing that I can see what’s going on and make sure everything’s going that way and we don’t have any risk of injury.”
Getzlaf should still be part of a potent trio, with Corey Perry and a third player (possibly rookie Bobby Ryan). But the departure of Kunitz, plus the absence of Travis Moen, who’s with his wife and newborn baby, the Ducks will be shorthanded up front for this game.
As for the Gaustad hit, the Ducks as a team were still holding to their opinion that it was a cheap play. You can go about 1:20 into this clip to judge for yourself: