Predators’ Johansen lost for rest of playoffs
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Predators center Ryan Johansen will miss the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs after emergency surgery on a left thigh injury, leaving the Predators without their top scorer heading into Game 5 of theWestern Conference finals.
The Predators announced the injury Friday club arrived in Anaheim to face the Ducks on night. Johansen was injured during the Ducks’ victory in Game 4, which evened the series.
The smooth forward leads the Predators with 13 points in 14 playoff games while centering their top line with Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson. Johansen also scored 61 regular-season points to match Arvidsson for the team lead.
The Predators didn’t immediately specify how or when Johansen was injured, but he had surgery late Thursday at VanderbiltUniversityMedical Center. He will need at least two months to recover, ending his season at a crucial moment in the longest playoff run in Predators history.
Johansen had one goal and three assists in four games against the Ducks, who deployed their shutdown defensive line centered byRyanKesler against the Predators’ top line. Johansen reacted angrily to Kesler’s defensive persistence after Game 2, complaining about the Selke Trophy candidate’s physical play.
The Predators also could be without captain Mike Fisher, a depth-line center. Fisher was injured during the third period of Game 4 when Ducks defenseman John Manson accidentally hit him in the head with a knee while leaping to reach a puck. AP after the Saturday overtime