On Sunday Ryan Johansen scored the overtime game-winning goal for the Predators against the Hurricanes. Johansen received a pass from Filip Forsberg in the slot and fired a quick wrister past Petr Mrazek twenty-one seconds into extra time to win the game 5-4.
He then decided he was extremely done with preseason hockey and exited the ice immediately.
Ryan Johansen scores the OT winner and immediately leaves the ice 😂 pic.twitter.com/jPV9ZRf38E
— Brandon Murphy (@2Murphy8) September 30, 2018
It is important to break down the level of cockiness involved in his decision. The three main factors are context, game importance, and other players’ reactions.
Ryan Johansen wins it in overtime and proceeds to just leave 😂 pic.twitter.com/PgVNWW5QQU
— The Hockey Hangout (@HockeyHangout) September 30, 2018
For the context category, Johansen loses points because it happened in the preseason, and preseason hockey has lower stakes than an elementary school spelling bee. Contrast that with on the same day, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara sprinted out of the stadium after singlehandedly annihilating the New York Giants in scoring his third touchdown of the day. Unfortunately, Johansen doesn’t meet that standard.
However, as for game importance, the way in which Johansen nonchalantly throws his hands up in a half-hearted celebration and immediately makes a beeline for the door is the coolest thing to happen of this year’s NHL preseason. Scoring an overtime goal in the NHL in any context would be an awesome feeling, but Johansen doesn’t have time for these complex feelings. The man couldn’t care less about any game before October. He exudes a level of cockiness that demands respect.
When Johansen reaches the door, Forsberg arrives right after. Forsberg is undoubtedly mystified by the sheer confidence of Johnasen’s choice, and the Swede decides a pat on the back of his large Canadian brother would suffice. The two players make their way down the tunnel as if this is a perfectly normal thing to do after winning a hockey game.
Ryan Johansen is all of us for during the preseason. We will partially tune in for games, but as soon as the horn sounds, there are far more interesting things to do.
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