Alex Ovechkin potted his league-leading 28th goal of the season, Jack Hillen, Mike Ribeiro, Mike Green, and Martin Erat each posted multi-point efforts, and the Capitals thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 on Tuesday night. The win was Washington's eighth in a row, putting the wraps on a highly successful three-game homestand. Adam Oates and company are now 21-9-1 since February 8.
With five games left in the regular season, the Caps hold a four point edge over second place Winnipeg, with a date with the Jets looming next Tuesday at Verizon Center. Between now and early next week, Washington will complete the regular season road schedule with games in Ottawa and Montreal. Three games at home next week against the Jets, Senators and Bruins round out the campaign. Today's Capitals Minute is below, looking back at Troy Brouwer's 17th goal of the year Tuesday, and a look ahead to Washington's trip north of the border.