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Injured Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf cleared to resume skating after month away

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Anaheim Ducks\' Ryan Getzlaf, right, battles Calgary Flames\' Olli Jokinen (13) during the second period on an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. Getzlaf has been cleared to skate with the team nearly one month after getting hit in the face with a puck. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Francis Specker Author: The Hockey News

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Injured Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf cleared to resume skating after month away

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has been cleared to skate with the team nearly one month after getting hit in the face with a puck.

The team said Thursday that the star centre will be back on the ice with the Ducks on Monday after the all-star break.

Getzlaf is expected to return to the lineup sometime during a three-game road trip to western Canada beginning Feb. 9 in Vancouver.

Getzlaf has missed 12 games since a deflected shot caused multiple nasal sinus fractures Dec. 28 at Phoenix. He didn't need surgery, and a follow-up CT scan Wednesday showed the fractures are healing well.

Getzlaf has 13 goals and 24 assists in 40 games this season. Anaheim has surged in his absence, going 9-3-0.

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Injured Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf cleared to resume skating after month away