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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 ET / 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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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