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NHL - US Sports: Johansen proud of Captain Josi

Forward Ryan Johansen spoke proudly of his Nashville Predators Captain Roman Josi as the defenceman was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for March.

Nashville, 28/1 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, had 28 points (four goals, 24 assists) from 31-year-old Josi over the 14 games in March helping them to fourth place in the Central Division and first holders of a Wild Card spot from the Western Division.

Career highs

Josi scored a point in all but his final appearance in March, registering a career high point-streak of 13 games in the process. This included eight multi-point games and a run of four straight fixtures with at least three points.

Only two defencemen in NHL history have scored more points than Josi in a calendar month, Bobby Orr in March 1971 (31 in 15) and Paul Coffey in December 1985 (29 in 14).

Josi has amassed a career high for goals (18), assists (63) and points (81) in 66 games this season and is a leading contender for the Norris Trophy. He leads all defencemen for points and assists and is third for goals.

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The Swiss native was drafted in the second-round by the Predators in 2008 and is in his 11th season with the franchise.

Leading from the front

Johansen has spent the past seven seasons with Josi after joining Nashville from the Columbus Blue Jackets. This season he has contributed 51 points (17 goals, 34 assists).

He said about Josi to the media: "He's so good, it's ridiculous. He's just bringing it every night. He's our leader, and he's doing it on the ice every game, and not only offensively, but defensively as well in all the key situations. I'm proud of him."

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