The Washington Capitals added to their streak of Southeast Division titles in 2010-11 by holding off a resurgent Tampa Bay team.
The Lightning, though, got the better of the Capitals when it counted, quickly sending Washington home to ponder another disappointing postseason.
The teams will meet for the first time since that Eastern Conference semifinal series Monday night at the Verizon Center.
Tampa Bay led the Southeast as late as March 5 last season before succumbing to Washington's 16-3-1 finishing surge. The top-seeded Capitals easily won their initial playoff series, but were swept by the Lightning in the next one.
During their four-year reign atop the division, the Capitals have won just two postseason series.
"That was last year. This year is going to be much different," forward Alex Ovechkin said following a 4-3 overtime win over Carolina in Saturday's season opener.
Ovechkin's status was initially uncertain after he spent most of last week in Ru...