Johansson found the assist column twice in Sunday's 6-2 win over Carolina in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Johansson is up to nine points for the playoffs, including a goal and three assists in two contests versus the Canes. As hot as he's been, Johansson could see his production dip in Games 3 and 4, as the 28-year-old, in five away games, has only a single goal. To paint a bleaker picture, Johansson's ice time also dips in road games, with him averaging 2:13 fewer TOI in games taking place in hostile confines.
Johansson scored on the power play and also recorded an even-strength assist in a 5-2 win over Carolina in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Thursday. After drawing the lone assist on Boston's opening goal, Johansson found the back of the net on a Bruins power play early in the third period. With two more points to his name, Johansson is sitting at three goals and four assists through 12 playoff games.
Johansson picked up a pair of assists Thursday, as the Bruins defeated Columbus 3-2 in overtime in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Johansson drew primary assists on both of Charlie Coyle's goals and now has three points (a goal and two assists) in six postseason games. He also featured heavily on Boston's power play in the win, logging 5:29 of PP time, his third-highest TOI of 2018-19.
Johansson (illness) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Maple Leafs, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports. Johansson missed Games 2 and 3 due to an illness, but he's evidently feeling well enough to tough it out for what could be a series-defining contest. The 28-year-old Swede will return to a top-six role Wednesday, skating with Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci on the Bruins' second line.
Coach Bruce Cassidy noted that Johansson (illness) is "trending well" in advance of Wednesday's playoff game against the Maple Leafs. Assuming the winger feels good enough as warmups approach, look for him to rejoin the Bruins' forward mix for Game 4 of the team's first-round series. In such a scenario, Karson Kuhlman would likely be scratched from Boston's lineup, while Johansson would probably open the contest on a line with Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci.
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