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Predators don't provide details on Ryan Johansen injury

Center, out for postseason, played in Game 4 against Ducks before emergency surgery on left thigh

by Dan Arritt / Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- The Nashville Predators on Saturday did not provide details on the left thigh injury sustained by center Ryan Johansen in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

Johansen had emergency surgery following Game 4, and it was announced on Friday that he would miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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"At some point, Ryan sustained an injury, was able to make it through the game and then upon further assessment, had to move on from there with the doctors," coach Peter Laviolette said Saturday prior to Game 5 of the best-of-7 series, which is tied at 2-2.

Johansen tied for the Predators lead during the regular season with 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) and leads them in the playoffs with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists).

Johansen skated slowly to the bench after being checked into the boards by Ducks defenseman Josh Manson at 15:22 of the second period. He returned to the game and fell awkwardly after a hit by Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm with 4:38 left in the third period.

The Predators tied the game with 35 seconds remaining in the third before losing 3-2 in overtime. Johansen was still in the game about two minutes before Corey Perry scored to even series.

Laviolette also declined to discuss the status of second-line center Mike Fisher, who left Game 4 with an undisclosed injury with less than seven minutes remaining in the third period and did not return.

"We don't talk about players' status before the game," Laviolette said. "There will be an announcement at some point, but players either go into the lineup or they don't, and we make the announcements as we need be."

Fisher, who was fifth on the Predators with 42 points (18 goals, 24 points) during the regular season, does not have a point in 14 playoff games.

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