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After strong start, Capitals trying to avoid catastrophic slump

Updated: February 7, 2008, 6:27 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Which team will be this season's surprise story? ESPN.com is picking the Washington Capitals and Scott Burnside will chronicle the team's travels throughout the season.

There is great power in being a Cinderella team.

Unencumbered by expectation, teams that defy predictions, even common sense, by winning when they aren't supposed to, are imbued with a titanic sense of self-assuredness. It doesn't always last, but while it does, the feeling of invincibility is intoxicating and reaffirming ...

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