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Rangers furious over Dominic Moore’s head shot on Ruslan Fedotenko

Feb 10, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

While the Rangers were able to come away with a come from behind win in overtime against Tampa Bay last night, it wasn’t all smiles and sunshine after the game.

The Rangers were left stinging after seeing teammate Ruslan Fedotenko go down with a head injury after what appeared to be a needless head-high hit from Lightning forward Dominic Moore. Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants heard from the Rangers in the locker room after the game and they were not at all happy with Moore. Brad Richards and Brian Boyle in particular were pointed about the play.

“I’m pretty sure that’s what we’re trying not to do to each other,” Richards said. “If we want to keep doing it to each other, we’re going to have a problem. It’s idiotic.”

“Yeah, we’re still pretty angry about that,” Boyle added. “It’s a very dirty, dirty play. We’ve talked about it enough. We’ve got to get away from that stuff.”

As for the hit, see for yourself.

Moore may be hearing from the league about this especially given their stance on blows to the head. What do you think though? Should Brendan Shanahan come calling?

(thanks to Kukla’s Korner for the video)

  1. habsman - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    It looked deliberate. Three games minimum.

    • rushed35 - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

      I was at the game. What no one is seeing is right before the video starts Feds had just nailed Moore on the boards with a good, clean, hard check. Moore went right after him and knew what he was doing. Feds stick does hit him in the face but it’s no doubt an attempt to injure. 3 games minimum.

    • denegra - Feb 10, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Anyone calling for a suspension for this is an obvious troll. To me it looked like a interference call at best. Moore got in front of Fedotenko and hit more. Then Fedotenko’s stick hits himself in the face. Moore never initiated a hit at all, and never touched Fedotenko’s head at all. Stupid that people are even making this a big deal.

  2. jakpsu1 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Moore will be a marked man. How dare him take out the man, the myth, the legend RUSLAN FEDOTENKO!

  3. pens919209 - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Not only did Moore hit him in the head from the blindside, he also had no legitimate reason to make the hit. Fedotenko didn’t have the puck nor was he near enough to it to make a play. In that situation, the player has to let up and not deliver the check. Boneheaded and dangerous move by Moore.

  4. furkmyster - Feb 10, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    He is Steve Moore’s brother, so what a surprise, he went head hunting. Bertuzzi isn’t a Rag though.

  5. pchow - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Are you guys wearing blinders when you watch these videos or just easily persuaded?

    Watch the video again and go to 1:21. Moore doesn’t make contact with his head it looks like Feds’ stick hits himself in the face. SUSPEND HIM!!! 3 GAMES MINIMUM. Give me a break.

    • hockinj25 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      I’m confused. Do you want Moore suspended or not? Nobody’s stick hit anybody in the face

      • pchow - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        I was being sarcastic with the suspend him for 3 games portion. The intent of the hit might spark be worthy for a 1 game suspension at MOST. IMO if they are going to make anything out of it, it should be a fine, there was no clear “headshot” and it appears that it should be an interference penalty more than anything.

        “Nobody’s stick hit anybody in the face” did you even watch the replay? Fedetenko’s own stick hit himself in the face from the hit. Forward to 1:20.

      • davemac32001 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        pchow is right – take a look from the angle given around the 1:20 mark of the video. You can take it frame by frame if you want but Fed’s head never comes into contact with Moore at all. Fed’s stick hits Moore’s back and snaps back into his face. It’s very clear – no way there’s a suspension here. Two minutes for interference…

      • elvispocomo - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        While I’ll agree Moore doesn’t make direct contact with the head (and it’s debatable he might have if Fedotenko’s stick/hands hadn’t been the buffer), it’s still a blindside hit on a player without the puck. Moore is heading parallel to the boards not paying attention to the puck and Fedotenko is moving directly at the boards and towards the puck. Moore misses Fedotenko’s shoulder but still tries to make contact to protect the puck (which another Tampa players has control of).

        That’s a dangerous play they’re trying to take out of the game, along with headshots, because the potential for injury is so much higher and it isn’t a hockey play. Still suspendable, but previous history and resulting injury will be taken into account.

      • pchow - Feb 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

        And boom goes the dynamite. *Cues Chicago’s Chelsea Dagger song.*

        “Brendan Shanahan @NHLShanahan

        ..he was still fined for this intentional interference that caused an injury.
        Brendan Shanahan @NHLShanahan

        ..RF’s head. One replay angle clearly shows his BACK making contact with RF’s STICK causing it to hit RF in the face. Not a rule 48 but…

        Brendan Shanahan @NHLShanahan
        Moore/Fedotenko: Some of us thought this was direct contact to the head as well until we saw ALL replay angles. DM never makes contact to…”

    • sportspicks1019 - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Give me a break! your a devil or flyer fan so get off the site. That was an intent cheap shot by moore and you know it……. you only need to look at the replay once he had a ton of room to go around him but he chose to go right at him…

      get out of this forum your making me vomit..

      • pchow - Feb 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        Right. Actually I’m from the west coast and pay attention to west coast hockey, I don’t care for any of these teams. If you suspend this hit your going to open pandoras box for questionable hits and the game will change.

        Tell me this hit is dirtier than Marchand on Salo, Lucic on Miller. Even better, tell me this play is dirtier than countless slew foots. Because it isn’t. Sorry. No suspension, barely news worthy.

      • denegra - Feb 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Looked to me like Moore was trying to get in front of Feds and Feds ran into Moore..Looked a little like a dive too.. hockey is turning into soccer.

      • davemac32001 - Feb 11, 2012 at 2:33 AM


  6. tampabayirish - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Unless you saw the game (on TV or in person), you are not getting the whole story. Right before the play in the video above happened, Fedotenko blind sided Moore into the boards. No penalty. Moore was paying Fedotenko back. Arguably Fedotenko’s hit on Moore was more vicious.Fedotenko must have a glass jaw. Moore just leaned into him a bit. But Pro Hoockey Talk and MSG have chosen not to show the whole story.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      That may be (about the hit prior versus PHT not showing it, “The truth is out there!”) and you hear that at the very beginning of the commentary in the video, but that doesn’t make the retaliation less of an issue. It makes it more since it was clearly premeditated – regardless of what Fedotenko does, it’s pretty clear what Moore’s intent is.

      Having said that, I wouldn’t mind seeing the prior hit, but I’ll reserve any judgment on that until I see it.

  7. muttbolts - Feb 10, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    What about the knee to knee hit eminger did on moore? thats 1 game worthy.

  8. lsxphotog - Feb 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    First of all…WATCH THE HIT! There isn’t contact to the head at all. He throws his head back…it’s pretty clear from the angle at 52 seconds.

    I take it nobody but tampabayirish actually watched the game. When you watch the play develop it looks like Fedotenko embellished the hit or is the biggest sissy in the NHL…that’s also possible as well. It was an extremely slow hit that Fedotenko could have easily not been a part of had he pushed into it a bit or just been aware of what was going on around the ice. IMO, he was looking for a call and got it. That hit was far too soft to really cause any damage. This kind of bump happens on the ice all the time because you’re taught to skate close to players and brush against them to piss them off. This has Gordon Bombay written all over it. Fedotenko’s recoil is ridiculously violent to a soft hit like this.

    • denegra - Feb 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      You hit it on the mark. I was surprised Feds didn’t get 2 mins for diving. It was such an innocent play.

  9. jaybertx - Feb 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    I watched the game. I saw the head-first-into-the-boards cheap shot that Fedotenko delivered to Moore just before this play. Then I watched this play over and over and couldn’t tell why he took a dive or why he had to be helped off. Now I see it. This was a very physical game at times and there were some very intense clean hits and some very intense not clean hits. Things got chippy. It’s hockey.

  10. rca26 - Feb 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    It looks like he takes a stick to the face rather than Moore’s shoulder.

    That said, if you’re a Lightning fan, you’re probably not rushing to indict Fedotenko and Richards for diving or making a big deal out of this. Tampa Bay never wins their cup without those two.

  11. brian32556 - Feb 10, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    @denegra – Feb 10, 2012 at 5:12 PM
    Looked to me like Moore was trying to get in front of Feds and Feds ran into Moore..Looked a little like a dive too.. hockey is turning into soccer.

    What drugs are you on?! Feds ran into Moore!!! Took a dive!!!! Go back to the ’60’s and have some more shroooms dude.

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