Predators' Johansen rips Ryan Kesler after Game 2

Nashville Predators centre Ryan Johansen didn't mince words with his assessment of Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler after Game 2 of the Western Conference final.

'I don’t know how you cheer for a guy like that'

Nashville Predators' Ryan Johansen #92 protects the puck from Ryan Kesler #17 of the Anaheim Ducks in the first period of Game 2. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Nashville Predators centre Ryan Johansen didn't mince words with his assessment of Anaheim Ducks' Ryan Kesler after Game 2 of the Western Conference final on Sunday night. 

When asked after the game whether Kesler, who is known for his physical play, had crossed a line in their match-up, Johansen didn't hold back.

"He just blows my mind, I don't know what's going through his head out there," Johansen said. "His family and friends watching him play, I don't know how you cheer for a guy like that.

"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 have to pull a stick out of your groin after every shift."

Johansen had a goal and an assist in his team's 5-3 loss. 

The pair had several physical encounters in the high-scoring contest. 

The series is now at 1-1 and continues with Game 3 on Tuesday night in Nashville at 8 p.m. ET on CBC television and CBCSports.ca. 


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversationCreate account

Already have an account?