News and notes as the Capitals enjoy a full day off before hitting the ice at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in preparation for Friday night’s visit to Raleigh, N.C. to face the Hurricanes:
After Erik Gudbranson gave an elbow to Eric Fehr's head he and Troy Brouwer got into it. The ensuing 4-on-4 shortly yielded a game-tying goal from Nicklas Backstrom.
Alex Ovechkin is scoring goals at record-setting levels and is arguably the NHL’s MVP at the quarter mark of the season with 20 goals in his first 22 games.
Sudden and second thoughts as the Capitals breathe the rare air atop the Metropolitan Division standings following Sunday night’s impressive 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues: