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Ryan Johansen gets hospital visit from dog and Predators' Kevin Fiala

Nashville center has his pooch and fellow forward stop by while laid up @NHLdotcom

Man's best friend came to the rescue again, this time for Ryan Johansen.

Johansen, the Nashville Predators' forward who had emergency surgery on his thigh, was cheered up by a visit from his dog, Doug, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Friday.

The Predators said Friday that Johansen, who leads Nashville with 13 points (three points, 10 assists) in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games this season, will miss the remainder of the postseason after being injured in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday.

He also had a human visitor in the form of injured teammate Kevin Fiala.

Tweet from @RyanJohansen19: Took him a while but he made it @KevinFiala22

Madison Bell, Johansen's girlfriend, posted the photo of the couple's pooch in Johansen's hospital bed on Instagram early Saturday, and it went viral with Predators fans voicing their support for the center's recovery.

What a good boy.

Game 5 of the best-of-7 series is Saturday in Anaheim (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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