Fedotenko Gives Penguins Cup-Winning Experience

By Mike G. Morreale
NHL.com Staff Writer

Can you name the player that scored both goals for the Tampa Bay Lightning in its 2-1 victory against the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup Final?

Here’s a hint — It’s the same player who has connected for eight goals in 11 career games in which his team can clinch a playoff series.

He’s Ruslan Fedotenko, who apparently enjoys making a living out of coming through in the clutch. He did it with the Lightning and he’s doing it again alongside linemate Evgeni Malkin in his first season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fedotenko, who had eight points (5g-3a) in eight games with Trenton of the ECHL and 50 points (16g-34a) in 67 games with Philadelphia of the American Hockey League as a rookie in 1999-2000, has produced six goals and 11 points in 17 postseason games this spring. Two of his goals have come in series-clinching victories, including Game 6 against the Flyers at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia and Game 4 against the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center in Raleigh.

He now hopes to contribute in the Stanley Cup Final that begins Saturday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) against the defending champion Red Wings.

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