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Johansen on Blue Jackets: ‘We’re a bunch of little rats’

Mar 20, 2014, 11:14 PM EDT

The Columbus Blue Jackets overwhelmed the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Thursday in a game that some might say exemplifies their identity.

Speaking of which, rising star forward Ryan Johansen provided a colorful take on how the Blue Jackets view themselves.

“We’re a bunch of little rats, just in your face the whole game,” Johansen said. “That’s our identity.”

On a busy night in the East, the Blue Jackets put themselves in a better situation to succeed. Still, their work is certainly not done as the wild card and seeding races are far from over.

It sounds like the Blue Jackets aren’t shy about working hard. They might have to fight the John Vanbiesbrouck-era Florida Panthers for that “rat” branding, though.

  1. lowenni - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    I love these Blue Jackets. Really fun to watch the heart and soul their players have, and the effort they’re putting in to making the playoffs. They may not have the best team on paper, but they’ll fight with the best of them until the game’s over.

    • hockey412 - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      As ripped as Howson got for the Nash trade, the players he got seem to fit the mold, don’t they? Especially Dubinsky. I agree – I like watching them, hoping they get in this year.

  2. stunzeed5 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    C’mon CBJ, you need to lose so my Cappies can snag a wildcard spot!!!!

    • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      thumbs down for calling them Cappies… and using so many !s.

  3. charlieconway96 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    I’d bet this team becomes a real threat in the next year or two.

    • rippit2000 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      They’ve got the right management team in place – John Davidson was the Blues’ president and built the team that looks like the President’s Trophy winner and Stanley Cup favorite this year. The only reason CBus got him was because the Blues couldn’t afford his contract and bought him out.

  4. blomfeld - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    BEST WISHES TO THE BLUE JACKETS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    • thesportsjudge - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:43 AM

      So, which one is Elvis?

    • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      really, really odd choice of “background music” in that video.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        also, until this video, I doubted the fact that rats possess the characteristic of being “in your face,” as Johansen put it. thanks for that, blom.

      • blomfeld - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        “So, which one is Elvis?” …

        back off Sportsjudge … seriously !

      • blomfeld - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Ibidinijad – friend, I wouldn’t know this Johansen from a hole in the ground … however one can safely assume he has some ‘issues’ if he’s equating his own team with vermin eh ? :)

  5. bigtganks - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Oh… how adorable. The Blue Jackets actually think they’re relevant. How cute.

    • hockey412 - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      They just barely fell short of the playoffs last year, and hopefully this year they cram the puck up whatever team you call the home team’s arse. If you are even a hockey fan (the username sounds more like a football fan).

      This team NEEDS the playoffs, have stockpiled some decent talent, have a Vezina winning goalie (though he’s been a bit inconsistent this year), and are completely bought in to being the underdogs – or underrats, whichever.

      How are they not relevant?

      • ibieiniid - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:58 AM

        don’t worry, he just doesn’t know what the word relevant means.

  6. jacketsfan7 - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Hey bud if you look at the standing maybe you’ll see were beating some good teams jackass, you’re probably some front runner anyways

    • 11111111111a22 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM


      People, stop making angry statements without proper grammar. You lose all your validity and sound like idiots.

  7. jacketsfan7 - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    For the rest of you guys who can see we are relevant thank you, this team puts 100% effort in every game to try and do something for our amazing fans , glad to see other people and other fans picking up on that

    • 11111111111a22 - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      No one cares. You’re in Ohio.

      • Idaslapter - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Blue Jacket fans are so embarrasing. I could almost like the team if it weren’t for their fans.

  8. joey4id - Mar 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    What a horrendous game by Montreal. Missed assignments in the d zone during the PP, Subban on all fours left Dubinsky alone in front of the net, and a giveaway by Tinordi led to 3 goals.

  9. dmarado - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Good to see the Blue Jackets doing well. Another test tonight v. the Rangers. I hope For Those About to Rock come out on top!

  10. jacketsfan7 - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Definitely, some people can see we have talent and some just don’t like us , that’s okay though. After all we are just a bunch of rats(; and sorry that my IPhone didn’t change were to we’re

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