Ruslan Fedotenko, who was felled by a blindside shoulder to the jaw from Tampa's Dominic Moore on Thursday practiced with the team today, and could play tonight here in Boston. He said however, that he "was angry" and that "the intent was there" on Moore's part as retailiation for a previous check.
"I was angry," said Fedotenko, whose left eye was black. "I felt like the puck was not near me at all, so I didn't expect the hit. We're trying to take these kind of plays away from the game so we don't have any kinds of concussions and hurt each other. I don't know what to say. It's too bad...I'm sure he was going after me because I hit him right before...whatever his intent, it's too bad."
Fedotenko, who also rode the bike and skated on his own before he and his teammates flew to Boston yesterday afternoon. said he did not want to discuss any symptoms after the hit, when he was wobbly and helped off the ice. "I don't want to describe all the things...that's between me and the medical staff... I'm feeling better."
Coach John Tortorella did not say definitively whether Feds would play. He practiced on a line with Mike Rupp and John Mitchell in the lengthy morning skate at TD Garden.
Fedontenko added that he was "disappointed" by the action taken by the league---a $2,500 fine and no suspension after reviewing the tape.
"I feel like intent was there and the puck was not near me; they make the decision and I will go with that, it's disappointing, but they have their rights and opinions."