March 23, 2012
NHL notes: Fedotenko loses his touch
By QMI Agency
Ruslan Fedotenko was scratched Friday night for the second game in a row and the New York Rangers forward took it in stride.
"If I don't deliver then I am not going to play, that's the bottom line," Fedotenko told BlueShirts United.
"You never want to be sitting, but I haven't scored as much and I feel like maybe I have been focusing too much on defence and not enough on offence.
The 33-year-old has scored just once in his past 16 appearances and has only eight goals and eight assists overall in 65 games this season.
"I'm not saying you sacrifice defence to make plays, I just need more of an emphasis on being more creative on offence," Fedotenko said.
GRAND NIGHT FOR CHARA
Zdeno Chara on Saturday will play his 1,000th career game, the 277th NHL player to do so.
"When you think about 1,000 games, you've got to be averaging, what, like 70-75 games for 14 or 15 years to do that, right?" the Bruins captain told the Boston Globe.
"I don't think anyone playing their first game thinks ahead to 500, 800 or 1,000 games. That's just so far away. But when you get down to five more to go, 10 more to go, sure, you can't help but think it's a lot of games, a long time."
The 35-year-old defenceman has a contract that runs through 2018, so there could be many more milestones ahead.
TANGUAY ELUDES BAN
Calgary Flames forward Alex Tanguay won't be suspended for an elbow Thursday night against Wild defenceman Jared Spurgeon, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported Friday.
Spurgeon suffered a concussion on the play and Wild coach Mike Yeo called it "a dirty hit."
Tanguay got a minor for elbowing.