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Panthers Wrap-Up: Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2

Trocheck and Hayes score but Cats fall in season finale.

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 10:30 PM / Wrap Up
By FloridaPanthers.com Staff
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2
Trocheck and Hayes score but Cats fall in season finale.
Sat
4/12/2014
2-3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 0 0 2
Blue Jackets 1 1 1 0 3
FLA - SH - V. Trocheck (5), J. Hayes (11)
CBJ - C. Atkinson (21), PP - M. Letestu (12), PP - R. Johansen (33)
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets will head into the Stanley Cup Playoffs on a winning note.

Ryan Johansen's power-play goal at 5:58 of the third period gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Saturday.

FULL RECAP
 
"It's a really bad feeling knowing that you're done, that you're not coming back to practice."

- Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek.
 
1. Short Supply: Down 1-0 and killing a five-minute penalty late in the first period, Vincent Trocheck got the Panthers on the board with his fifth goal of the season. Trocheck’s persistence earned him a shorthanded breakaway that he managed to convert, craftily sliding the puck past Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The goal was Florida’s 8th shorthanded tally of the season and with Bjugstad’s shorty on Thursday, the Cats have now scored shorthanded goals in back-to-back games on two occasions this season.

2. Weathering The Storm
The playoff bound Columbus Blue Jackets came out with some pep in their step recording 18 shots in the first period. Roberto Luongo and the Panthers did a fine job weathering the storm, keeping the score close at 1-0. The turning point in the period came when Ed Jovanovski got into a tussle with Columbus forward Corey Tropp at 16:26 into the first. Jovanovski received a game misconduct for his aggressiveness but he got his team going in the process.

3. Power Trio: With the game tied 2-2 in he third period, the Blue Jackets turned to the trio of players that have guided the way for their team all season. Ryan Johansen scored his 33rd of the season at 5:58 into the third period to give Columbus a 3-2 edge. The Blue Jackets leading scorer was assisted on the goal by James Wisniewski, the team’s top scoring defenseman, and Jack Johnson the team’s ice-time leader. The Jackets made it stand up, holding off the Cats late charge..
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Vickey_G: Thanks @c_robak ... your jersey doesn't smell THAT bad lol cant wait to wear it & cheer you & the @FlaPanthers on next season!

@RedSteeg32:
Thanks to the @FlaPanthers for a great season! It had it's up and downs, but the future has never been brighter for this young squad.

@SharkManDan35:
And of course thank you @FlaPanthers for a great season. Sad to see it end but excited for a new beginning next season! #GoCatsGo

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Joshua Benchimol: Thank you panthers we are going to have a better season next year!!!!
 

1. Vincent Trocheck’s shorthanded goal at 18:59 into the first period was the first shorthanded goal of his NHL career.

6. The Panthers finished with 35 shots on net, led by defenseman Dylan Olsen’s six.

7. With his assist on Jimmy Hayes’ second period goal, Brandon Pirri has seven points (4-3-7) in his last seven games.

25:14. With the Panthers down to five defensemen following Jovanovski’s game misconduct, Dmitry Kulikov stepped up big for the Cats logging 25:14 TOI.

92. Trocheck dominated in the face-off circle winning 92% of his draws (11/12).

 
Ryan Johansen
Columbus' leading scorer added to his stats with a two point night, setting up the Blue Jackets tying goal in the second and then netting the game-winner in the third with a power play marker.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, 4 Shots, 18:09 TOI
 
 
Saturday's game puts a wrap on the 2013-14 season for the Panthers. The players and staff will hold locker clean out day on Sunday at BB&T Center before dispersing for the summer. Then it's starting to prepare for next season.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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