Lightining's Moore Fined for Hit on Rangers' Fedotenko: Did He Get off Easy?

Scott AbusoCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 26:  Ruslan Fedotenko #26 of the New York Rangers skates in an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on December 26, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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Thursday night's matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers began slowly but ended with a bang.

The intensity of the third period was enough to excite fans of either team, and the ending in overtime was nothing short of phenomenal.

The Rangers win, however, did not come without a big loss.

Veteran forward Ruslan Fedotenko, No. 26, was shoulder-checked hard and high by the Lightning's Dominic Moore.

According to posts on, Fedotenko will definitely miss Saturday's bout against the Philadelphia Flyers and may also miss Sunday's game versus the Washington Capitals.

Feds will be out because after riding the stationary bike in the trainers room before practice, he "just didn't feel right."

Though he has not put up an insane amount of points thus far, Fedotenko is a strong veteran presence on the ice, and he knows how to get the job done.  

In case you missed it, a video of the hit is included here.

While the check wasn't the dirtiest of hits, it saw Moore land his shoulder high into Fedetenko's face, particularly in the area of the jaw. 

Feds was down on the ice, sprawled out for a good two minutes before working himself off the ice with a great deal of effort and assistance and a pair of extremely wobbly legs.

Moore was originally charged two minutes for roughing, a call considered questionable by many of the Rangers and fans in attendance.

After the video review, it was clear how brutal the hit on Fedotenko really was.

Not only that, but it came only seconds after Moore was laid out by Feds on the other side of the ice.

Moore claims it wasn't retaliation, but that's certainly up for debate.

Moore received a call from Brendan Shanahan and has been fined just $2,500 for the incident, a penalty some people feel is not enough.

Take it from a Rangers fan's point of view: it was a pretty nasty, reckless hit. Being that Fedotenko is suffering from injuries that will keep him out of at least the next game, possibly more, I feel that Moore should have been dealt at least a one- or two-game suspension.

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