The Washington Capitals survived a roller-coaster regular season and ultimately went on to secure the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. But after three narrow losses to the Bolts in the East semifinals, the Capitals stared at an 0-3 hole and faced elimination on the road entering Game 4.
After both teams exchanged goals in the first period, Sean Bergenheim continued his playoff surge by notching two consecutive goals in the second to give the Lightning a lead they would not relinquish. Marc-Andre Bergeron and Martin St. Louis added tallies in the third to help Tampa Bay earn a 5-3 win to stun the hockey world and sweep the Capitals out of the postseason.
Dwayne Roloson, a 41-year-old midseason acquisition, stopped 33 shots in another stellar outing -- this time, helping the Bolts punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals.