It's not a Fedo-ral case

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:03 PM ET


 The right side of Ruslan Fedotenko's face is swollen and painful but his Game 3 injury might hurt the Lightning most on the scoresheet.

 The winger was hit from behind by Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr in the final few minutes of Calgary's 3-0 win Saturday night, crunching his face into sideboard dasher inside Calgary's blueline.

 Lightning head coach John Tortorella refused yesterday to discuss the hit, only saying his forward is day-to-day.

 "That stuff is playoff hockey, players trying to make plays, players trying to finish checks." Tortorella said, adding his team wouldn't seek retribution.

 "No, we're not looking for payback. We're looking to play better and looking to win a hockey game. Whatever comes, whatever we have to do to win a hockey game, we'll try to do ... That's all part of the game. So again, we're not focusing on just one thing. We're looking to play a better game in Game 4, especially from our offensive people and try to win a hockey game."

 Replays showed Regehr -- 35 lb. heavier than his opponent -- tugging on Fedotenko's left shoulder from behind, pulling the Lightning player off balance while driving him into the boards.

 No penalty was called, although Fedotenko laid on the ice for a couple of minutes being attended to by Lightning staff before leaving the game.

 He was later taken to hospital for X-rays.

 "It wasn't a borderline penalty situation at all," insisted Flames head coach Darryl Sutter. "I watched it many times ... it was a clean hit by Robyn and you know, he cut his head in the worst part he can, right on the dasher. So you know, three inches one way or the other and he probably doesn't even feel the hit at all."

 With 10 goals through 19 playoff games, second only to Calgary's Jarome Iginla (12), Fedotenko's loss would be devastating blow to the Lightning.

 He played close to 20 minutes in Game 3 while he's also a key performer on the powerplay, with four goals this spring.

 Fedotenko didn't participate in yesterday's optional team skate at the Saddledome and wouldn't speak with the media .

 But Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk insisted the injury isn't serious.

 "I saw him after the game and I saw him (yesterday) morning," Andreychuk said.

 "I had breakfast with him and he seems fine to me.

 "He feels good. Obviously, last night he ... you know, he took a blow there and he went down. I think he was more scared than anything else (while laying on the ice). But he seems fine to me."

 Much has been made of the Flames physical dominance during their Stanley Cup run and Andreychuk was asked if he felt the team is targeting opposing players.

 "I didn't see in the San Jose series, or any other series that they played in, that they went after somebody to try to get him out," Andreychuk said.


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