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Alex Ovechkin takes part in warmups prior to Washington's exhibition game against the Nashville Predators on Sept. 20. ((Bruce Bennett/Getty Images))

Alex Ovechkin is leaving the Washington Capitals for a few days following a death in his family.

The Capitals said Monday that Ovechkin would be traveling to his home in Moscow after learning of the death of a close relative.

Team spokesman Sergey Kocharov says the Capitals are hopeful the two-time league MVP will be back in time for the regular season opener Saturday against Carolina.

Washington wrapped up its exhibition schedule Sunday.