Predators’ Ryan Johansen cheers on teammates in Game 6


Nashville Predators' Ryan Johansen (92) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of Game 2 of the Western Conference final in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif. (Chris Carlson/AP)

The Nashville Predators will have a familiar face at Bridgestone Arena Monday night to cheer them on.

Forward Ryan Johansen made it out of his hospital bed to attend Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks. The Predators lead the series 3-2 and can clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup Final with a victory.

Johansen’s season was ended after Game 4 of the series with a thigh injury. Nashville confirmed on Sunday that Johansen needed emergency surgery because of an acute compartment syndrome in his left thigh.

The symptoms in Joahnsen’s thigh developed after the end of Game 4, which Nashville lost in overtime.

The centre had surgery within two hours of being diagnosed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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