From early December through the middle of January the Capitals could practically do no wrong, going 14-1-4 and climbing into the thick of the Metropolitan Division playoff race.
When Capitals rookie forward Andre Burakovsky began his NHL career with three goals and nine assists in his first 15 games he looked like a legitimate Calder Trophy candidate.
Here are the Capitals' top five plays of the week, including Troy Brouwer's unforgettable 500th game.
How it happened: An offensive zone giveaway led to Wayne Simmonds’ go-ahead goal 3:50 into the third period as the Flyers held the Caps to a season-low 14 shots and 1-for-6 on the
News and notes as the Capitals [28-15-10, 66 points], close out a string of six games in nine nights with a home contest against the Philadelphia Flyers [22-22-8, 52 points]: