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Capitals Take On A Blue-Collar Mentality

from Kellie Cowan of CSN Washington,

Now one win away from ousting the big bad Bruins, the Capitals are reveling in their new identity.  As underdog.  As simple blue-collar hockey.  As a team who could pull out an improbable come-from-below victory without relying on their biggest names.

Game 5 underlined this beautifully as the likes of Jay Beagle, Mike Knuble, Troy Brouwer and Alexander Semin—now the Caps’ most consistent goal scorer—bested last year’s Vezina and Conn Smythe winner.

“I think that’s one of the things that’s given us motivation: people counting us out,” said Alzner.  “We like to be the underdog actually.  We enjoy having people not like us and not really expecting a whole lot from us.”

Even the awkward growing pains from their rocky transformation seem to be paying off for the never-say-die Caps.  After relinquishing a lead, the Capitals have only failed once in this series to reclaim it.


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