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Blue Jackets rally to take finale, but miss playoffs after Wild's win over Avs

Saturday, 04.27.2013 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Blue Jackets rally to take finale, but miss playoffs after Wild's win over Avs

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Jack Johnson scored the go-ahead goal with 4:48 left and the Columbus Blue Jackets capped a remarkable turnaround with a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Coming into the night, the Blue Jackets were tied for eighth in the West with Minnesota, each with 53 points.

The Wild, coming off a 6-1 loss at home to Edmonton on Friday, were in action at Colorado. The Wild would clinch a playoff spot with a win.

Detroit beat Dallas on Saturday and clinched the No. 7 seed.

The Blue Jackets were on the short end of tiebreakers against both the Wild and Red Wings.

Billed as the biggest regular-season game in franchise history, the Blue Jackets were shut out by Chris Mason before scoring three times in the third period to go 8-1-0 in their final nine — all with the spectre of a playoff spot hanging over them.

Brandon Dubinsky tied it early in the period and Cam Atkinson added an empty-netter.

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