Blue Jackets' Ryan Johansen: Season-low in ice time Sunday

Johansen played just 13:52 in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Sharks, his lowest TOI of the season, but still scored his fourth goal. "I'm not sure what the plan is," Johansen told the Columbus Dispatch after the game. "I made a mistake on their first goal (of the game), so... I just tried to go out there and help the team, do whatever I could. It's too bad, the end result."

Coach John Tortorella bumped him down to the fourth line for the night after a defensive blunder led to San Jose's first goal. Making the demotion even more curious was the fact that Johansen was the only Jackets center who won better than 50 percent of his faceoffs on the night, and it was the team's inability to win a defensive zone faceoff in the third period that ultimately doomed them. There was many questions raised after the team's coaching switch about how the hard-nosed Tortorella would mesh with the Jackets' somewhat temperamental star, and while Sunday's incident is the first real sign of friction, it's too early to suggest there's a problem between the two that could hamper Johansen's production.

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