"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).
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.
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.