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Johansen scores tiebreaker in 3rd period to lift Blue Jackets in 3-2 win over Panthers

Saturday, 04.12.2014 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Johansen scores tiebreaker in 3rd period to lift Blue Jackets in 3-2 win over Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. - Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period to and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Florida Panthers for the eighth straight time, 3-2 on Saturday night.

Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson also scored for Columbus and Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves.

Jimmy Hayes and Vincent Trocheck scored for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots.

The Blue Jackets clinched the first wild-card spot and will face Pittsburgh in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Philadelphia's 4-3 overtime win over Pittsburgh earlier Saturday clinched third place in the Metropolitan Division for the Flyers and forced Columbus to the wild-card spot.

Johansen's 33rd goal of the season, a one-timer from the left circle, got past Luongo at 5:58 of the third period to put Columbus ahead.

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The fans love it, and it looked like they were having fun. It was great to see this city [Columbus]. They had been waiting a couple years for this game. They did it right.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos after the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday