NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons to Believe the Washington Capitals Can Win the Cup

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Reasons to Believe the Washington Capitals Can Win the Cup
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In case you missed it, the $3 million-man Joel Ward of the Washington Capitals finally earned his paycheck by scoring the OT winner to send the defending Stanley Cup champions to the golf course. 

In the tightest Stanley Cup series in history, the Washington Capitals are cruising as a seventh seed to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Is it too early to call them cup favorites? Can this underdog story keep on rolling throughout the playoffs?

There's at least five good reasons to start believing.  

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