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Predators' Johansen out for rest of playoffs after emergency thigh surgery

theScore logo theScore 2017-05-19 Navin Vaswani
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(Provided by Sports Illustrated)

The Nashville Predators' Stanley Cup hopes took a massive hit Friday afternoon.

Ryan Johansen, the team's No. 1 centre, is out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after sustaining a left thigh injury in Thursday's Game 4 against the Anaheim Ducks that required emergency surgery, the club announced.

The surgery was successful and Johansen will need two-to-three months to recover.

Ryan Johansen, the team's No. 1 centre, is out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. © John Russell / National Hockey League / Getty Ryan Johansen, the team's No. 1 centre, is out for the remainder of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 24-year-old departs the playoffs as Nashville's leading scorer, with three goals and 10 assists in 14 games. His production will be sorely missed, and the pressure will be on Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson to produce in his absence.

It's unclear when Johansen was injured in the Predators' 3-2 overtime loss Thursday to the Anaheim Ducks, which tied the Western Conference Final 2-2.

Also see: 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs

Ryan Dzingel (18) of the Ottawa Senators checks Olli Maatta (3) of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG PAINTS Arena on May 25, in Pittsburgh, Penn. 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs

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