Fedorov gets milestone on first assist

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- 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.


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"I think so because it got us two points," Fedorov said when asked whether 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 won.

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 rebound.

"Sergei was unbelievable tonight, he was just a star, and it was great to see him get his 1,000th point," Anaheim coach Mike Babcock said.

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 third.

"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 score 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 by him.

"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 the 67th in NHL history, to reach 1,000 points.

"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.

Game notes

Chubarov's goal was his first in 15 games. Vancouver recalled G Alex Auld from Manitoba of the AHL to back up Hedberg after regular starter Dan Cloutier came down with flu-like symptoms. Cloutier received a $1,000 fine from the NHL for hitting Ronald Petrovicky in the face with his blocker with 35 seconds left in Friday night's 4-1 loss to Atlanta. ... Vancouver sent rookie C Ryan Kesler to Manitoba earlier Saturday.