It's been reported that Getzlaf said a homophobic slur to a referee, although he said his remarks were not directed at anyone in particular and he did not admit using a slur.
"Obviously, a situation like that, where I'm on the bench by myself, frustration set in," Getzlaf said after the Game 5 loss to the Predators. "There was obviously some words said, not necessarily directed at anyone in particular. It was just kind of a comment. I've got to be a little bit more responsible with the words I choose.
"Definitely as a father, as somebody that takes a lot of pride in this game and the respect for it. … it's tough to see somebody refer to it as what TSN did [as homophobic]. I didn't mean it in that manner in any way. For that to take that route was very disappointing for me. I do accept responsibility and I accept the fine. We talked to the league and I understand that it's my responsibility to not use vulgar language. Period. Whether it's a swear word or whatever it is. We've got to be a little bit more respectful of the game, and that's up to me. I accept that responsibility and we'll move forward."
Getzlaf violated an NHL policy that prohibits inappropriate and offensive remarks and the use of obscene, profane or abusive language or gestures in the game.
"Getzlaf's comment in Thursday's game, particularly as directed to another individual on the ice, was inappropriately demeaning and disrespectful and crossed the line into behavior that we deem unacceptable," Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement. "The type of language chosen and utilized in this instance will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League."
The NHL, teams and players have worked with the You Can Play project, which promotes equality, respect and safety for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. A year ago, the NHL suspended Chicago Blackhawks forward
Nashville coach Peter Laviolette did not comment on the specifics of
Johansen was the Predators' leading scorer and formed a dynamic top line with Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg, in addition to his contentious matchup against
"Obviously, we're going to miss him," Predators defenseman
It was unclear when Johansen was injured but video replays showed that Ducks defenseman Josh Manson hit him at the boards in the second period.
"That was the one that they showed, and to be honest with you, I didn't even know that I had done anything," Manson said. "I didn't know until I saw it on video, to be honest. I didn't feel I caught him any differently than I have any other time I've gone to go hit a guy."
Ducks right wing
8:05 p.m.: This article has been updated with information regarding Ryan Getzlaf's fine as well as other news from the playoff series.