Mike Gillis got hot under the collar describing how the NHL shouldn't tolerate the apparent slew-foot by Milan Michalek on Monday that sidelined Keith Ballard up to a month with a knee sprain. His coach didn't go one better Wednesday because he claimed not to see an endboards hit by Ryan Getzlaf that sidelined Dan Hamhuis in the third period that wasn't penalized — especially after a replay showed the Anaheim Ducks centre left his feet while drilling the defenceman from the side, which led to his head hitting the glass.

No charging call. No boarding. No nothing. Once Alain Vigneault sees the replay — and if Hamhuis is sidelined for any length of time — the bench boss may change his opinion.

"He's got the glass plastered to his face and he's got a big red mark, but I didn't see the replay," Vigneault said following a 4-3 loss to the Ducks at Rogers Arena that ended a six-game win streak for the league's top team. "From the bench, I was looking at Dan, so I couldn't tell you. But he looked fine after the game when I saw him, except for being red.

"This is a physical game. A big man hitting a defenceman."

That's one interpretation. However, one replay showed Getzlaf leaving his feet, which brought the hit into greater focus because it wasn't the Canucks losing just another blueliner. It was losing a key component to what had become a prime shutdown pairing with Kevin Bieksa. Hamhuis logged a season-high 30:32 in a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday and his minutes and effectiveness aren't easy replaced. He makes the good first pass, isn't afraid to play the body and is seldom out of position in averaging 23 minutes a night.

However, Getzlaf was adamant he did nothing wrong.

"I don't want to hurt anybody out there," he said. "I went in to make the play, I kept my feet and my shoulder down. It was an unfortunate accident. He turned as he made his pass. He was well aware that I was coming from what I could tell. I saw the video and that's what I saw."

Yes, but the video also showed Getzlaf's skates in the air.

"If you watch any hit, your skates never stay on the ice because I fold over him and that's just the way the game is played," added Getzlaf. "I never jumped at him before the hit and that's the main thing. If I leave my feet before I go, then I'm in trouble."

The incident happened so quickly that the Canucks didn't react by going after Getzlaf.