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Fedotenko doing nicely as Rangers’ secret playoff weapon

Apr 30, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

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When you think of playoff heroes, you probably don’t immediately think of Ruslan Fedotenko.

If you’re a Tampa Bay Lightning fan, Fedotenko comes to mind thanks to his two-goal performance against Calgary in the 2004 Stanley Cup finals. Penguins fans remember him from being a key forward in their 2009 Cup victory.

Now Rangers fans are getting a taste of what it’s like to have a savvy playoff veteran doing good things for them and as coach John Tortorella tells Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times, making sure Fedotenko was ready for the postseason was a big thing for him.

“When we basically benched him towards the end of the year, that was part of our conversation with him,” coach John Tortorella said. “We knew how important he was going to be for playoffs. We just needed to, I think, get him ready for that.”

Fedotenko was huge in Game 1 for the Rangers, assisting on the first goal of the game and he’s been strong defensively as well. Tortorella is hoping that Fedotenko can bring the same success he managed to bring him when they were together in Tampa Bay. Bringing a Stanley Cup back to New York might just get noticed a bit there.

  1. mclovinhockey - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    He has always been a good player, when he was with Philly he was one of my favorite guys on the team.

  2. oconnor007 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Feds is definitely one of my favorite players. He goes about his work quietly, and is seemingly always in the right position to make everything happen.

  3. barkar942 - Apr 30, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I saw Fedetenko and Fedoruk play in the ECHL in Trenton for the Titans.They were both obviously very talented players. Feds gives 100% all the time!

  4. matthews4 - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Ruslan Fedotenko loosely translated from Russian means Thank You Philadelphia. He always performs in the playoffs, it was Fedotenko who buried the Flyers, after being traded by the Flyers, in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2004. Maybe history repeats itself this year.

  5. 2dollarpbrs - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    I thought Chris Kreider was the Ranger’s secret playoff weapon?????

    • brian32556 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      The Rangers have lots of players flying under the radar as people watch Gabby struggle. Don’t fret, however, Gabby will have his day too!

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