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Ducks' Ryan Kesler now knows he's rattled Preds' Johansen

Ducks' Ryan Kesler now knows he's rattled Preds' Johansen

Sunday night after Game 2, Johansen sounded off about Kesler's relentless pokes and jabs.

If you want a quick summation of how other members of the Nashville Predators reacted to Ryan Johansen bashing Ryan Kesler, consider head coach Peter Laviolette essentially pleading the fifth.

It means I'm doing my job.

"I don't know what's going through his head over there", he added. Johansen said he didn't know how Kesler plays like that - repeatedly poking him in the groin with his stick - with family and friends watching. It just doesn't make sense how he plays the game.

It is the soundbite heard around the world since Sunday, and one that probably just made Kesler nod in approval in the Anaheim locker room.

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The any style sentiment echoes James Neal's thoughts after a Game 1 win.

As expected, this is a much more physical series than the one with Edmonton, and the dislike will test the disciplined Predators, whose 33 minor penalties are the fewest of the final four playoff teams.

Kesler is paid to mark, beat on and get inside the head of the opposing team's top offensive threat. But the topic consumed both teams, and Kesler's teammates recognized how much an agitating force the Selke Trophy finalist for best defensive forward can be for opponents.

Two days after Nashville's 3-2 overtime victory at Honda Center in the series opener, Johansen and Neal scored in the opening 8:32 of Game 2.

Johansen is the "he" in that quote. The Predators forward has a goal and three assists through two games and has a point in eight of Nashville's 12 playoff games. It's Kesler's mission to try to break up that rhythm. However, Cam Tucker of NBC Sports said Johansen caught "an apparent elbow in the third period" from Kesler. "If I didn't, I'm going to keep doing the same things and playing defense like I have been". "If that's Johansen for me, I've got to be better than him then". Johansen has been productive in the first two games, with two assists in Game 1 and a goal and an assist in Game 2. "I think he's taken two slashing penalties on me already".

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That remains to be seen, but what is clear is that Kesler is willing to push every button and even cross over the line.

Although Honda Center was much fuller and louder than it was for the traffic-affected series opener, Johansen scored on a breakaway just 4:18 in.

Keep their cool and the Predators have the speed and skill to skate past the Ducks.

That profession - center and alternate captain for the Anaheim Ducks - comes with a unique job description that frequently requires Kesler to be as unlikeable, unpleasant and obnoxious as humanly possible. "In terms of how he plays a 200-foot game and it is a compliment when you get that kind of attention", Subban told the media. To get through St. Louis you had to play a different way.

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