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Fedotenko angry over Moore head shot: “Intent was there. The puck was not near me”

Feb 14, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT


Ruslan Fedotenko isn’t pleased with Dominic Moore.

The Rangers forward was blind-sided by Moore in Thursday’s win over the Lightning and has since missed New York’s last two contests. While Fedotenko is slowly getting back to health — he’s a game-time decision for Tuesday’s game in Boston — he’s still irate about the hit that sidelined him.

“I’m angry. I felt like the puck was not near me so I didn’t expect that hit,” Fedotenko told ESPN New York. “We’re trying to take these types of plays away from the game so we don’t have any kind of concussions or hurt each other.”

Moore was fined $2,500 by the league for the hit, but not suspended. NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan said replayed showed Moore never made contact with Fedotenko’s head —  rather, Moore’s back made contact with Fedotenko’s stick, which then hit Fedotenko in the face.

Regardless, the 33-year-old Russian is still upset.

“Intent was there. The puck was not near me. We’re trying to eliminate those plays from the game,” said Fedotenko.”They make a decision and we’ll go with that. They have their rights and their opinions and we’ll go with that.”

  1. solador78 - Feb 14, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Shanahan even paid Moore’s $2500 fine personally because he still owes Yzerman for those three Stanley Cups.

    • michiganhockey11 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      Funny as that may be, if the deal that brought Shanny to Detroit from Hartford (via Coffey and Primeau) early in the 96-97 season didn’t go through, Stevie Y might not have as many cups as he did or any for that matter. Lot of Wings fans would agree with me on that. (true fans, not bandwagon),

      That being said, there will probably be more deliberation/guidelines for illegal hits not to the head, but still suspension worthy in the future.

  2. lsxphotog - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Most blown out of proportion hit in a looooong time. Had Ruslan not hit his own face there would be no discussion on the topic, just an plain and simple interference call…just like the one he wasn’t called for against Moore only seconds earlier when he sent him into the boards face first.

  3. brockohol - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    what a weenie

  4. bigtganks - Feb 15, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    No!! Not a Moore with a cheap shot to the head when the player is vulnerable!!

    When do they next play the wings so bertuzzi can clock Moore?

  5. roboref - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Same old NHL. Anyone surprised? Not me. The same old injuries with the same discipline! Nothing new!! Just like the refereeing. Why have a rule book?? Just hire some soccer referees because that is how they call the games. “Play on.”

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