The Washington Times - April 6, 2011, 09:30PM

Entertaining hockey, this was not. But it was another Capitals victory – 5-2 over the Panthers on Wednesday night at Verizon Center.

For the majority of the game, the Southeast Division champions simply outplayed an inferior opponent, got some timely scoring and cruised without three top players.

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Alexander Semin got another game’s rest and Scott Hannan and Jason Arnott were both held out for the second-to-last regular-season game. It didn’t matter, as Sean Collins managed to score and the power play continued its recent improvement by putting up two goals.

On the other side, the Panthers – featuring a roster stocked with AHL players – are just playing out the string. Contrary to some “desperate” teams that the Caps have faced lately like the Sabres, Hurricanes and even the Maple Leafs, Florida wasn’t playing for anything.

But as Mike Knuble said Tuesday, “Here we’ve got some stuff to play for.”

The Caps may or may not have something to play for Saturday at the Panthers. If the Flyers don’t beat the Sabres Friday night, the top seed will be locked up.