National Hockey League roundup

National Hockey League roundup
By Reuters

20/05/2017 at 00:29

May 19 (The Sports Xchange) - 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.

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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.

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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." ))

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