Carlson is tied for the most points among defensemen. Ovechkin leads the league in goals. But neither are favorites to even finish in the top three in their respective award voting.

If Gersich signs his entry-level deal as expected, it's believed he will immediately join Washington's roster and potentially make his NHL debut this season.

Washington recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley, and he's expected to stay on the roster until at least Saturday morning.

Brett Connolly finishes a 2-on-0 in the third period for the game’s lone tally as Washington keeps Metropolitan lead.

"He's real close," Coach Barry Trotz said. Kuznetsov has 21 goals and 50 assists this season.

"Let's have a nonemotional person, who has no skin in the game and is not in an emotional environment, to make those calls, and I think you'll find it'll be more consistent,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said.

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Goaltender Braden Holtby took a “maintenance day," and Coach Barry Trotz said several players are battling illness.

Oshie stayed hot on his bobblehead night with his fourth goal in four games.

Washington’s Metro lead grows to four points with 4-3 win as Penguins fall to Islanders.

Evgeny Kuznetsov will miss his second straight game with an “upper-body” injury, but Coach Barry Trotz anticipates him traveling with the team on the upcoming three-game road trip.

Coach Barry Trotz intends on rotating his goaltenders down the stretch before deciding on a postseason starter.

Brooks Orpik, who missed Sunday's game with a lower-body injury, did not practice Monday.

Boyd tallied the first point of his NHL career with an assist on Ovechkin's goal at the Flyers on Sunday.

The standings atop the division tighten as Washington, playing without the injured Evgeny Kuznetsov and Brooks Orpik, sees its four-game win streak end.

The Capitals' second-leading scorer will miss his first game in three seasons on Sunday in Philadelphia.

"It is good that we have other guys stepping up and other guys feeling the puck and other guys getting rewarded for their hard work,” T.J. Oshie said.

Kuznetsov is the Capitals' second-leading scorer with 21 goals and 50 assists.

Capitals center slashed on left arm before slamming into boards late in the second period. He did not return.

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