No one went after Ryan Getzlaf when his third-period hit left Vancouver defenceman Dan Hamhuis laying flat on the ice.

And coach Alain Vigneault didn't seem to have a problem with that.

"This is a physical game," Vigneault said after Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. "When we dump the puck in and forecheck we try and hit (their defencemen). That's a big man hitting a defenceman, it's part of the game."

When Ottawa forward Chris Neil flattened Canuck captain Henrik Sedin on Monday night at centre ice, on what was a clean hit, defenceman Aaron Rome immediately went after Neil.

But Wednesday night, Getzlaf wasn't challenged by any of the Canucks for a hit that appeared to be borderline at best.

"Tonight it's at the end of the game and we are trying to battle back," Vigneault said. "I didn't see if the hit was dirty or not. I couldn't tell you."

The Canucks have Thursday off and will be back at practice on Friday. Defenceman Sami Salo will join them there.