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About Last Night: Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2

Trocheck and Hayes score but the Panthers fall to Blue Jackets in season finale.

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 9:30 AM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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About Last Night: Blue Jackets 3, Panthers 2
Trocheck and Hayes score but the Panthers fall to Blue Jackets in season finale.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT is the morning-after recap of last night’s Florida Panthers game produced by “Hockey Pat” McGrath, a lifelong Cats fan who previously wrote for the Florida Panthers themed blog “TheRatTrick”. It is a followup to Hockey Pat’s hilariously informative gameday article: THE LOWDOWN.

The contents of ABOUT LAST NIGHT and all opinions expressed therein are solely those of Hockey Pat and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Florida Panthers or Sunrise Sports & Entertainment LLC. Having said that, if you find yourself laughing or smiling as you read ABOUT LAST NIGHT, feel free to thank us. We accept thank you notes, tweets and ticket purchases.

BLUE JACKETS 3, PANTHERS 2

The Florida Panthers brought their 2013-14 regular season to a close with a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Cats received goals from Vincent Trocheck and Jimmy Hayes while Roberto Luongo made 35 saves in a tight contest against the playoff bound Blue Jackets.

Here is what you may have missed from last night:

In It to Vin It

Vincent Trocheck went out in style scoring a shorthanded goal in the first period. The goal was Trocheck’s fifth in 20 games since joining the Panthers as a late-season call-up.

Vinny T was also ‘turnt up’ at the face-off dot as the 20-year old won 92% of his draws (11/12).

So Long For Now!

Just like that, the Panthers season is over. It was a year filled with ups, downs and in-betweens and while it is sad to see everybody go, a new season filled with Panthers hockey will be here before you know it.

I Hate Goodbyes!

Quick Release

Jimmy Hayes scored his 11th of the season 6:35 into the second period. Hayes slotted the puck past Sergei Bobrovsky thanks to a deceptive little wrist shot that leapt right off his stick and into the back of the net.

End-of-the-Year Stats

Brian Campbell led the Cats in games played, playing in all 82 this season. It is his fifth time playing in all 82 regular season games…. well actually his fourth. Due to a mid-season trade during the 2007-08 season, Campbell actually played in 83 games between the Sabres and Sharks).

In his rookie season, 21-year-old Nick Bjugstad led the Panthers in scoring with 38 points (16-22-38) in 76 games.

Brad Boyes led the team in goals with 21 while Campbell led the team in assists with 30.

What’s Next?

The season may be over but things won’t slow down too much for the Florida Panthers. First up on the calendar is the NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. followed by the draft itself on June 27-28 in Philadelphia.

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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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