Johansen lifts Blue Jackets past Panthers, 3-2
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.
Hayes' goal in the second period gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead. Hayes grabbed a loose puck in the Columbus zone, brought it down the boards on the right side and his shot from the right circle beat Bobrovsky at 6:35.
Columbus tied it at 2 on a power-play goal by Letestu at 10:13 of the second as his wrist shot from the right circle got to the net just as Luongo's stick was knocked loose by a Columbus player.
The Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead just 47 seconds in when Atkinson took a pass from Brandon Dubinsky from the left circle to the right of the crease and tapped it in.
The Panthers tied it 1-all when Trocheck scored a short-handed goal on a breakaway. His shot from the slot trickled under the Bobrovsky's pads with about a minute left in the first. It was the Panthers' fourth short-handed goal in their past seven games.
NOTES: Blue Jackets D Nikita Nikitin returned to the lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury. ... Panthers C Brandon Pirri has a five-game point-scoring streak. ... The Panthers were outshot 16-3 during one stretch in the first period. ... Nick Bjugstad finished the season as the Panthers' leading scorer with 38 points, an NHL record for the fewest points to lead a team. The Panthers became the first team since the 2000-01 Minnesota Wild to go an 82-game season without a 40-point scorer.