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In a statement, the team said Johansen needed emergency surgery Thursday night at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He is expected to recover in two to three months.
Johansen is a finalist for the Selke award, given to the NHL’s best defensive forward. He has enjoyed a big postseason, with three goals and a team-high 10 assists in 14 games.
He’s also been in the spotlight against the Ducks, getting visibly upset early in the series with Ducks center Ryan Kesler, telling media: “It just doesn’t make sense how he plays the game. I’m just trying to go out there and play hockey, and it sucks when you’ve got to pull a stick out of your groin every shift. He doesn’t do anything that makes sense. He thinks he’s getting under guys’ skin, but I don’t know what he’s doing.”
Kesler later responded: “He’s not my friend, he’s not going to be my friend.”
Game 5 of the Western Conference finals series against the Anaheim Ducks is Saturday in Nashville. The series is tied 2-2.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.