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Sergei Fedorov  1993-94

If Steve Yzerman is the heart and soul of the Detroit Red Wings, then Sergei Fedorov is the blood that pumps life into the team. He can electrify a crowd with an end-to-end rush, or defend a lead with his tenacious checking skills.

"He's a gamebreaker," Detroit center Kris Draper said of Fedorov. The Red Wings record book is filled with marks etched by Fedorov. He established a team record for game-winning goals with 11 in 1995-96 and shares the club standard for points in a period, garnering four in one frame January 21, 1992 against Philadelphia. He led all scorers during the 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs with a Detroit-record 24 points.

Only Gordie Howe, Yzerman and Alex Delvecchio have accumulated more points in a Detroit uniform than the 803 produced by Fedorov.

Some nights, Fedorov has picked the Wings up and carried them on his back. He scored all four Detroit goals February 12, 1995 in a 4-4 tie with Los Angeles and netted five goals December 26, 1996 in a 5-4 victory over Washington.

The Wings experimented briefly with Fedorov on defense during the 1995-96 season and again during the 1996-97 playoffs. "I'm convinced if we left him there, he'd have won a Norris Trophy," Wings senior vice-president Jimmy Devellano said.

Fedorov came to the Wings in intriguing fashion, walking away from the Russian national team during the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle. Fedorov informed the Wings he was ready to defect and told them to meet him in the lobby of the team hotel after a game. With Wings vice-president Jim Lites waiting calmly in the hotel lobby, Fedorov, the last player off the team bus, walked up to him and said, "Hi Jim, it's time to go."

Seven years later, he walked away from Detroit in a contract holdout, but when the Carolina Hurricanes presented Fedorov with a six-year, $28-million offer sheet in February of 1998, Wings owner Mike Ilitch didn't hesitate to match, even though it meant paying Fedorov a $12 million bonus if Detroit reached the conference finals.

The Wings went all the way that spring, defending their Stanley Cup title and Fedorov played a key role, matching a club playoff mark with 10 goals. One of those, a spectacular, highlight-reel tally in Game 3 of the finals against Washington, gave Detroit a 2-1 win.

Fedorov beat Capitals defenseman Calle Johansson with an inside-out fake, then rifled a shot past goalie Olaf Kolzig.

"He turned nothing into a game-winning goal," Draper said. The victory came on the one-year anniversary of the limousine crash which left Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov with brain injuries. "I will take the puck and give it to them, in memory of what they meant to the team," Fedorov said.

Fedorov can be an enigmatic player, but there's no doubt that without him, the Stanley Cup might never have come to town.

BORN:
Pskov, Russia, December 13, 1969

ACQUIRED:
Selected 74th overall in the June 17, 1989 NHL entry draft

BEST SEASON WITH RED WINGS:
1993-94 (56-64-120)

TOTALS WITH RED WINGS:
GP-747, G-333, A-470, PTS-803

HONORS:
Won Hart Trophy, 1993-94; Won Selke Trophy, 1993-94, 1995-96; Won Lester B. Pearson Award, 1993-94; Selected to NHL First All-Star Team, 1993-94; Selected to NHL All-Rookie Team, 1990-91; Played in three NHL All-Star Games; Played for Russia, 1991 Canada Cup, 1996 World Cup, 1998 Olympics

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80