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.
The Flyers tried to hand Matt Niskanen some payback for a hit in their previous game, but it was Niskanen who got the best of Scott Laughton in a fight.
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]: