Preda­tors’ Jo­hansen lost for rest of play­offs

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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

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