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Chimera: “Everyone counted us out; we don’t really crack”

May 9, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals were supposed to struggle after dropping a triple-OT loss to the New York Rangers; instead, they won pretty handily. Yet after the Rangers “pulled the tights” for another OT stunner in Game 5, people really thought they were done. Instead, the Capitals followed Dale Hunter’s advice to just play hockey and wiped the floor with New York in a deceptively close 2-1 Game 6 win.

Jason Chimera scored what was eventually the game-winner and spoke about his team’s resolve to Stephen Whyno.

“Everyone, I think, counted us out,” Chimera said. “This is the way we are. We don’t really crack.”

John Carlson echoed his sentiments, backing up the belief that – however you feel about the team’s shift from “skill” to grit – they’re totally on board.

“Everyone’s committed, and everyone knows when they look left, look right and look across, that people want it,” Carlson said.

In nerdy hockey circles, the wisdom of shot-blocking strategies is in serious debate. But one thing seems pretty clear about the strategy: if you have a lot of them, it’s clear that you’re willing to fight through pain in the hopes of winning.

The Capitals’ new worldview doesn’t generate the prettiest hockey, yet seeing a team that was seemingly falling apart earlier this season come together like this is a beautiful thing.

  1. 0987654321abc - May 10, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    im really disgusted at nbc’s love affair with the washington capitals. im not for either team. so when i turn on a game thats obviously being commented and reported by reporters and commentators with a bias towards one team really makes it annoying to tune in and watch. you at abc should be ashamed at the fact that you consider yourseves impartial

    • kotteintheslot - May 10, 2012 at 2:25 AM

      Mike Emrick works for the MSG network. Mike MIlbury has and always will hate the Caps. Pierre McGuire is dumb and no one should listen to what he has to say anyways. Last round everyone on NBC wanted the Bruins to beat the Caps. You are an idiot if you think they are bias FOR the Caps

  2. swizope82 - May 10, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    When a team plays well they deserve some notoriety. The CAPS played awesome last night so give them their due respect… Nuff said RTR

  3. tobie1003 - May 10, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Last night was the first game in this series that I have heard the commentators give the caps ANY credit!

    • polegojim - May 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Tough… but probably the first time in the series the Caps ‘earned’ any credit.

      Caps suffer from ‘Vancouver’ syndrome. They have WAY more to prove than most… if not all other teams. Too many times at the big show and coming up empty.

      Easy to fix… win one Cup with that incredibly talented roster.

  4. cosmo83 - May 10, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Don’t even both commenting on this guys dumb post, he is posting it on all of the articles. You say your not a fan of either team??? BS Rangers fan. You’re just a sore lose like your Rat coach. Get over it!

    • polegojim - May 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      I’m not a fan of either team… Detroit born and bred.

      Caps played very well last night – credit due…only for that… but all that was achieved was ‘a’ win.

      As long as Chimera and Caps fans tout ‘minor’ victories as ‘major’ accomplishments, the results will remain same…. flash, but no bang.

      When they win the Cup, THEN Chimera can chirp about being ‘counted out’ and ‘not cracking’. Until then, history is fact.. ‘the way they are’ is… Cupless.

      Not even remotely the time to start chest beating. Shut up and play.

  5. jpelle82 - May 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    wtf is he talking about? no one counted you out. get that thing removed from your face before you talk to the media again.

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