VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ As excited as Sergei Fedorov was about
becoming the first Russian-born player with 1,000 NHL points, he was more
thrilled about adding number 1,001.
Fedorov reached the milestone with a second-period assist, then set up the
game-winner with 7:10 left in the third in the Anaheim Mighty Ducks' 2-1 win
over Vancouver on Saturday night.
``I think so because it got us two points,'' Fedorov said when asked if his
second assist meant more. ``Even though I got a point the last game in Calgary,
we lost the game. All I was thinking was just try to play well and do my job
and try to win the game, and I got all those. A couple points went in and we
Fedorov reached the milestone three minutes into the second, winning a draw
cleanly back to Keith Carney, who beat Johan Hedberg with a one-time slap shot
from the point.
Fellow Russian center Artem Chubarov tied it 6:54 into the third, but
Fedorov helped put Anaheim ahead to stay six minutes later. The smooth-skating
Russian drove wide in the Vancouver zone and threw the puck at the net, where
Petr Schastlivy deflected it on goal.
Hedberg made the first save, but Schastlivy, playing his second game since
being acquired from Ottawa, outfought Brent Sopel in front and tucked in the
``Sergei was unbelievable tonight, he was just a star and it was great to
see him get his 1,000th point,'' said Anaheim coach Mike Babcock.
Fedorov received a short, polite ovation from the Vancouver crowd after the
accomplishment was announced.
``I think every Russian player is happy for Sergei,'' Chubarov said.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, starting for the second straight night, made 34
saves for the Mighty Ducks, who have won three of their last four games but
remain last in the Pacific Division.
The Canucks blitzed Anaheim late, but couldn't solve Giguere, who made 17
third-period saves, including several from point-blank range. Giguere got some
help when Matt Cooke and Daniel Sedin, off his foot, both hit the post in the
``It was nice to hear that ping, I haven t heard much of those this year,
said Giguere, 9-22-4 this season after being named last year s playoff MVP.
Vancouver, which dropped a 4-1 decision to Atlanta on Friday night, has lost
three straight since the All-Star break to fall six points behind first-place
Colorado in the Northwest Division.
Hedberg, playing just his third game since early December after missing six
weeks because of a broken hand, made 31 saves for the Canucks. He kept the game
close with a great right pad save off Steve Rucchin on a short-handed breakaway
in the final seconds of the second period, but was upset with the two that got
``It s the time of the game when you want to come up with the big save and I
didn't do it,'' Hedberg said of Schastlivy's winner before turning his
attention to Carney s long blast.
``It's a bad goal for me.''
Fedorov, a 14-year NHL veteran who spent his first 13 seasons in Detroit
before signing with Anaheim this summer, has 419 goals and 582 assists. The
34-year-old is the fifth European player, and 67th in NHL history to reach
``It's one of those things you didn't really expect it. It's very
personal,'' said Fedorov, who was born in Oskov, Russia. ``It's been a long
road. Hopefully, I got a few more to go.''
A three-time Stanley Cup Champion in Detroit, Fedorov has 19 goals and 28
assists for the Mighty Ducks this season.
Toronto forward Alexander Mogilny has been stuck at 989 points much of the
season while recovering from injury.
``I would like to share this with Alex Mogilny,'' Fedorov said.