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Former Penguin Fedotenko gives thumbs-up to new arena

PITTSBURGH - Ruslan Fedotenko, who scored seven playoff goals in the Penguins' Stanley Cup run in 2008-09 and 27 in the last two regular seasons here, stepped onto the bench during the morning skate to look around at the brand new Consol Energy Center and exchanged greetings with former coach Dan Bylsma.

"He got some goals for us in big situations. Little weird to see him in a Rangers T-shirt," Bylsma said. "He's having a good year, to his credit."

Fedotenko, (3-6-9 in 17 games), termed the $320-million venue, which reminds many of the arena in Minnesota and Columbus, "awesome, a beautiful building . . . It's always special, especially the first game coming back here against practically 90 percent of the same group you played with. You have friends but when you step on the ice, it's a business and you need to play hard."

John Tortorella didn't minimize Fedotenko's contributions. "He brings everything for us with the injuries we've had, with the injuries to Gabby, Vinny Prospal going down, Chris [Drury] going down. Feds can play both wings, kills penalties for us, he's strong on the boards, he's doing a lot of things for us offensively and defensively, as he did for us when I had him in Tampa for our Stanley Cup run, 12 goals in that little segment."

Blue lines

Brandon Dubinsky was fined an undisclosed amount by the NHL for the third-period melee with the Oilers on Sunday. Dubinsky, on the bench, grappled with Edmonton's Colin Fraser before Tortorella could pull him away. No suspensions were levied . . . Tortorella said the brawl and postgame comments, such as Erik Christensen's, who told Edmonton TV that he thought Sean Avery's right hand to Ladislav Smid was a sucker punch, were "dealt with internally" . . . Todd White replaced Derek Boogaard, who was in two fights with the Oilers' Steve MacIntyre. He was scratched because his right hand was swollen and cut from hitting MacIntyre's helmet. "It's pretty messed up," said Tortorella, who indicated that Boogaard should be ready for the Bruins Wednesday.

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