- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 12, 2009

SUNRISE, Fla. | If the Washington Capitals were hoping for a strong effort in their final game before the postseason, it didn't happen.

Steve Eminger had his first goal against his former teammates and David Booth had a five-point night as the Florida Panthers defeated the Caps 7-4 on Saturday night at BankAtlantic Center.

Alex Ovechkin tied the score at 4-4 with 6:52 remaining in the final period with his 56th goal of the season, but two goals in eight seconds sank the Caps. Eminger broke in on Washington goaltender Jose Theodore, and instead of passing on the two-on-one, he jammed the puck between the goaltender and the near post at 15:32.

Before the fans were done celebrating, Michal Frolik made it a two-goal lead. Theodore stopped Booth's shot from the left circle, but the rebound went right to Frolik, who put home his 21st of the year.

The Capitals' first-round playoff foe was determined Saturday. Washington will face the seventh-seeded New York Rangers; No. 8 seed Montreal was locked into the final playoff spot — and a matchup with Boston — after its home loss to Pittsburgh.



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