NHL notebook: Predators' Johansen out for playoffs
(TSX / STATS) -- Nashville Predators center Ryan Johansen will miss the remainder of the playoffs due to a left thigh injury sustained in Game 4 of the Western Conference final against the Anaheim Ducks.
Johansen underwent emergency surgery Thursday night at Vanderbilt Medical Center after sustaining the injury in Nashville's 3-2 overtime loss to Anaheim. The 24-year-old is expected to recover in two to three months.
Johansen has a team-leading 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 14 playoffs games for the Predators, who will travel to the Honda Center for Game 5 on Saturday. The series is tied 2-2.
The loss of Johansen could prove critical since Nashville has little depth at the center position. Captain Mike Fisher and fellow centers Calle Jarnkrok and Colton Sissons combined for 83 points during the regular season.
--Predators captain Mike Fisher exited Thursday night's Game 4 of the Western Conference final with an undisclosed injury and did not return.
Fisher appeared to be hurt late in the third period of Nashville's 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Ducks. He did not play in the extra session.
Predators coach Peter Laviolette said after the game that the 36-year-old Fisher was under evaluation.
Fisher got tangled up with Ducks defenseman Josh Manson, who jumped high in the air to swat a puck away from the front of his net.
--Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is making a change in the net, announcing goaltender Matt Murray would start Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Ottawa Senators.
The Penguins, who trail in a playoff series for the first time all postseason, will go with Murray over Marc-Andre Fleury, who allowed four goals on nine shots in a 5-1 loss in Game 3 on Wednesday night as the Senators took a 2-1 series lead.
"That's been a hard decision for this coaching staff all year long," Sullivan told reporters Friday morning. "As I said yesterday, it's a good difficult decision to have because we have two guys who are as capable as they are. Both of these guys have helped this team win all year long. They're both high-quality people and they're high-quality goaltenders. We never take these decisions lightly. They're extremely difficult decisions. This is the choice that we made for Game 4."
Updated May 19, 2017