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...