Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/12/14

ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Andy Hilbert #19 of the Minnesota Wild fights off Grant Clitsome #44 of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of a preseason game on September 18, 2009 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)
Last night, the Capitals fell 3-2 in Winnipeg.  Even just watching it on television, you could get a sense of how intense the game was.  The 15,000+ fans in the MTS Centre only added to this feel, who made it hard to hear Joe B at times.  In the past, it has been like these games that has caused Ovechkin to elevate his game to a dominating pace.  What we saw Saturday, though, was a player who lacked any sense of purpose. Everything was in place to light a fire under Ovechkin.  It was an intensely physical game, in Canada, with the entire crowd booing him every time he had the puck.  In the third period, there appeared to be a perfect time for Ovechkin to put in a classic rush, eventually putting the puck behind Pavelec.  He gathered the puck, sped down the right wing side, and only had Grant Clitsome standing between him and jumping into the glass.  Clitsome was a late round (271st overall) 2004 draft pick of the Blue Jackets.  Prior to this season, he played just 42 games for the ...
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