Originally written on On Frozen Blog  |  Last updated 10/16/14

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: Michael Sauer of the New York Rangers fights with Matt Hendricks of the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden on November 9, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Finding someone to fight in the course of 60 minutes turned into a long-term project for Capitals Matt Hendricks and Steve Oleksy Tuesday. Down 3-0 in the third, Oleksy finally managed to locate a Carolina Hurricane willing to drop the gloves—not through any lack of courage on the ‘Canes part, but because smart hockey dictates you don’t give a team down only a few goals any momentum. Hendricks said postgame he and Oleksy had been trying to engage Carolina’ Tim Wallace in the second when the Capitals were down 2-0, but Wallace smartly kept his cool. “[Oleksy] and I were both asking Wallace at the same time earlier in the second,” Hendricks said. “And Wallace was smart about it. It was 2-nothing, he chose no.” It was Drayson Bowman who Oleksy finally managed to engage. “I just gave him a little tap on the back of the legs there, and asked if he wanted to have one,” Oleksy recounted, adding he was seeking a momentum shift that would help Washington. “I give Steve credit for findi...
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