Wild winger Marcus Johansson suffers broken arm, out for Vegas series

May 21 (UPI) -- Minnesota Wild right winger Marcus Johansson will be out for the remainder of his team's playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights after suffering a broken left arm.

Johansson was injured in the first period of Game 3 on Thursday when he skated to the net and appeared to trip on the puck as Golden Knights forward William Karlsson pursued him.


Johansson's left side crashed into the goalpost, dislodging the net from the mooring and forcing him to exit the game. The veteran forward, who is in his first season with the Wild, was doubled over in pain as he slowly skated off the ice.

"He's a big part of our team. Obviously we lose his speed factor [and] a veteran presence," Wild head coach Dean Evason told reporters Friday. "So yeah, he'll be missed. But we're expecting when we put people into our lineup that they'll be able to hopefully provide us with some of the stuff that Jojo provides us."


Zach Parise, who has 35 career playoff goals, is the likely replacement for Johansson. The 36-year-old Parise has been a healthy scratch in each of the first three games of the series.

Matt Boldy, the Wild's first-round draft pick in 2019 who has been skating with Minnesota's taxi squad, also could enter the lineup.

"We're going to chat about different options and hopefully make the right decisions going forward," Evason said.

Johansson, who is set to become a free agent after the season, recorded six goals and eight assists over 36 games in the regular season.

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