Sunday, May 14, 2017

Ryan Johansen rips into Ryan Kesler after Game 2 Loss

After just two games of dealing with Anaheim Ducks' shutdown center and No.1 pest Ryan Kesler, Ryan Johansen is fed up.

The 24-year-old had some choice words for Kesler after the Ducks defeated the Predators 5-3 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final to level the series at a game apiece.

"I don't know how you can cheer for a guy like that," Johansen said, adding: "I'm just going out there to try and play hockey and it sucks when you have to pull a stick out of your groin every shift."

Johansen has thrived despite the pestilence from Kesler. He has a goal and three assists to lead all Predators in scoring in the first two games of the series. And he even got his digs in early in Game 2 when he got his stick into the face of Kesler after a face-off, which sent Kesler to the ice for a spell.

But Kesler, as is typically the case, got plenty of shots in as well. Like this:

Game three should be a real doozy between these two clubs, but since Nashville will be home and therefore have the last change prior to each face-off, they might be able to get Johansen some time away from Kesler.

Sounds like he could use it.