Ryan Johansen was a healthy scratch Thursday, watching from the press box as the Blue Jackets absorbed their latest lopsided beating, a 6-3 loss to Chicago.
It didn't make much sense then, and it made less sense on Saturday.
Johansen, a 19-year-old rookie, scored both goals in a 2-1 Blue Jackets win over the Winnipeg Jets in Nationwide Arena, his fourth and fifth goals on the season.
"It's tough sitting out, especially when you feel like you can contribute," Johansen said. "For sure it's motivation. Every time you come to the rink, you want to show you belong on the ice."
Not only is Johansen tied for the club lead in goals -- veteran winger Vinny Prospal also has five -- but he has scored the game-winning goal in all three of the Blue Jackets' wins this season. Only Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier (four) had more entering play on Saturday.
He scored 53 seconds into the game on a nasty slap shot that beat Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec...