Ted Leonsis: 'The wheels fell off'

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he understands that fans will "demand change" after the team was swept out of the playoffs, but he suggests the "best course of action" is to let a few days pass.

But if changes will be made, coach Bruce Boudreau does not appear to be one of them.

Capitals general manager George McPhee said Thursday he expects Boudreau to be back next season.

Top-seeded Washington lost four straight against the fifth-seeded Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Lightning won 5-3 in the Game 4 clincher Wednesday night in Tampa.

But McPhee said Thursday he doesn't "see major changes" coming.

Asked about the possibility of switching coaches, McPhee replied: "Does it really change things in most cases?"

It's the fourth season in a row that Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals lost to a lower-seeded team in the first or second round under Boudreau. His postseason record is 17-20.

Leonsis wrote on his "Ted's Take" blog Thursday that everyone is accountable, "starting with me."

Says Leonsis: "The wheels fell off for us. No doubt about that."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.