Ovechkin heads to Moscow following death in family
Capitals hopeful he'll return for start of season
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.