10/03/2011 04:34 EDT | Updated 12/03/2011 05:12 EST

Capitals' star Alex Ovechkin heads to Moscow following death in family

ARLINGTON, Va. - 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 travelling 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.