PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets finished their 2021-22 season with a 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Pens clinched third place in the Metropolitan Division while the Blue Jackets missed the playoffs after finishing 37-38-7 overall.
Evgeni Malkin scored his 20th goal of the season and had an assist.
Kris Letang, Brian Boyle, Evan Rodrigues and Marcus Pettersson also scored for the Penguins (46-25-11), who will open the Stanley Cup playoffs next week at the New York Rangers.
Casey DeSmith stopped 33 shots. Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal for the fourth straight game for Columbus (37-38-7), and Gustav Nyquist and Justin danforth also scored.
J-F Berube started in goal for Columbus and gave up three goals on eight shots. He was replaced by Elvis Merzilikins, who had 40 saves the rest of the way.