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Ryan Johansen of Predators out for rest of playoffs

Center needed surgery for thigh injury sustained in Game 4 loss to Ducks

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Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of an injury to his left thigh.

The Predators said Johansen needed emergency surgery for the injury, which he sustained during a 3-2 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday.

Johansen, who leads the Predators with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games, played 27:28 in Game 4 and was plus-1 with one shot on goal. He is expected to need 2-3 months to recover.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 at Anaheim on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

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Center Mike Fisher did not play in overtime of Game 4 because of an undisclosed injury and his status was not updated by the Predators on Friday. Fisher was injured in the third period of Game 4 when Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson hit him in the head with his knee while leaping to reach a puck, The Associated Press said.

Predators forward Kevin Fiala was lost for the rest of the playoffs when he fractured his leg in Game 1 of the second round against the St. Louis Blues.

Calle Jarnkrok is likely to take Johansen's position at center between wings Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson, and center Vernon Fiddler could play again after he was a healthy scratch in the past two games after playing the first two of this series.

Johansen has not missed a game since he was traded to the Predators from the Columbus Blue Jackets during last season (152 in a row, regular season and postseason), according to The Tennessean.

Nashville is playing in the conference final for the first time.

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