The Panthers did not make the playoffs. The Capitals (50-24-8) won the Southeast Division and finished their regular season with 108 points, good for the second seed in the East.
Alexander Semin scored twice for Capitals. Brooks Laich and Alexander Ovechkin had one goal apiece. Jose Theodore let in six goals on 41 shots for Washington, which will take on the seventh-seeded New York Rangers in the first round.
Florida took a 3-2 lead into the third period, and then erupted for four goals to wrap up the victory.