Video: Ryan Johansen fools Braden Holtby in the shootout by doing nothing

Ryan Johansen hasn’t had the best year in the NHL. His year has been surrounded by trade rumors and perceived laziness. So when he got called upon to take a shootout attempt in front of a near sellout crowd in Nationwide Arena, he must have carried a weight of the season on his shoulders.

What he ended up doing had to have been such a relief. Or perhaps what he didn’t do.

John Buccigross of ESPN referred to the move as “the dirty downshift”. Not a lot can be done with what he does as any move you make as a goaltender will be immediately taken advantage of by Johansen. He is obviously a talented player and the ongoing situation in Columbus should make the rest of their season interesting even though the team is well out of the playoff race.

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