If Washington beats the Florida Panthers on Monday night and the New York Islanders lose in regulation to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Capitals are guaranteed to finish first in the Metro.

Ovechkin scores twice in a span of less than two minutes in the third period of a 6-3 win for his 50th and 51st goals of the season. He joins Wayne Gretzky and Mike Bossy as the only players in NHL history with at least eight 50-goal campaigns.

During his 14-year career, there have been just 13 50-goal seasons other than the Capitals captain's eight.

Connolly is the fourth player to come down sick in the past eight days.

Closing in on another milestone and in the wake of winning the Stanley Cup, Alex Ovechkin's accolades are coming without any asterisks, even from his chief former critics.

Third straight win also maintains a three-point division lead. Alex Ovechkin, meanwhile, is still searching for goal No. 50.

Oshie has 23 goals with 26 assists this season. Winger Andre Burakovsky is expected to take his spot on the second line.

Caps star is just one goal away from reaching the milestone for the eighth time in his career.

With Kempny out "long term" with what appeared to be a left leg injury, Jensen could take on more responsibility. His time on ice over the past two games has climbed to roughly 20 minutes per game.

Ovechkin moved to within one tally of his eighth 50-goal season in Washington’s win over Carolina that may serve as a postseason preview.

Ahead of his bobblehead night, the Capitals forward responded to Cherry’s criticism of his signature goal celebration.

Three members of the 2018 championship team publicly declined the invitation, but the president welcomed those in attendance to the Oval Office on Monday, urging them to "get the same number of goals" in the upcoming playoffs.

Kempny had been averaging more than 19 minutes per game, and he scored six goals with 19 assists for a career-best season.

An illness is running through the dressing room, but Washington’s netminder stayed steady during a rocky second period to end the Capitals’ two-game skid.

Kuznetsov, who has 20 goals and 45 assists this season, didn't practice Saturday.

With Vrana, Connolly and Wilson having broken through, Washington could have seven players with at least 20 goals by the end of the season.

Two nights after firing a team-record 58 shots, Washington gets only 21 on net in defeat.

Christian Djoos will take Kempny’s place on the top pairing beside John Carlson. Kempny had averaged more than 19 minutes per game this season and had scored six goals with 19 assists.

“I’ve got to stay true to my values, and I’m going to respectfully decline the offer,” the Canadian goaltender said Friday morning.

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