Johansen gets back at Underwood
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Country music singer Carrie Underwood poked fun at Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen on Saturday when cameras caught Johansen kissing his hockey stick on the bench during the 4-3 overtime loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.
Underwood tweeted out the same GIF four times set to different songs.
"It was pretty funny," Johansen told The Tennessean. "She's pretty well known, so I have a bunch of friends back home that follow her and stuff because (they're) big country fans. They were texting me before I even knew, like, 'Hey, Carrie Underwood's tweeting at you,' and I'm like 'What? I had no idea.'"
Johansen, who was traded to the Predators for defenseman Seth Jones of Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 6, consulted Underwood's husband and his Nashville teammate Mike Fisher for a comeback.
Upon entering BB&T Center for their game against the Florida Panthers on Saturday, Johansen noticed a wall with pictures of the arena's past performers, including Underwood. Following the 5-0 win, Johansen laid one on Fisher in front of Underwood's picture and published the photo.
"I gave (Fisher) a kiss on the cheek and told her to get her own Valentine," Johansen said.