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(Game and playoffs winning goal by Fedorov)
As a long time Fedorov's fan I couldn't believe it when Caps traded for him. Now two of my all-time most favorite players are playing for the same team! That's a destiny, baby.
And then I watched the interview with Leonsis and he said he was a big Fedorov's fan? What?
The life is full of surprises.
"Fedorov?", said Ted Leonsis, "I pinched myself a little bit. I was a big Fedorov's fan and now seeing him scoring big goal tonight, clapping for the fans, it is really surreal."
Next comes George McPhee's interview. He never speaks much, he is no Gabby. But, boy, this guy speaks quet and people listen, and he sounds so intelligent. What a good chance to learn more about George!
I couldn't believe what he said about Fedorov:
"He is far more impressive than I ever knew. He is ever smart, he's been a great fit for our team. I wonder if he has that character because he won the Cups, or they [Detroit] won the Cups because they had him with that character."
By Thom Loverro, Washington Times, Apr. 7, 2008 "For the longest time, McPhee just has been waiting to exhale"
The Washington Capitals had just clinched the Southeast Division title and a playoff spot, the Verizon Center crowd was roaring and George McPhee went to congratulate his players as they came off the ice.
McPhee greeted Sergei Fedorov — a Capitals player for just six weeks but a veteran who knows the good guys from the bad — and Fedorov stopped.
"Congratulations to you, George," Fedorov said. "Good for you."
McPhee said in interview that Fedorov was the only player who congratulated him.
Here comes my feeling and hope that we'll see Fedorov as a Capitals player next season. What a best ending of his career playing alongside with Ovechkin and hopefully getting another Stanley Cup ring with the Washington Capitals organization!
Dan Daly, Washington Times, Apr. 6, 2008:
Then, too, there was the blue line-wide smile on Fedorov's face after he took a pass from Semin late in the second period, swept in all alone on the left wing and blasted a wicked shot past Craig Anderson to break a 1-1 tie — a smile that seemed to say, "I might be 38, comrades, but I can still score the huge goal." That was one for the photo album as well.
Yes, the once unstoppable Fedorov is now the old man in The Room, the future Hall of Famer who's seen it all and done it all. But he's still "as excited as the younger guys," he said. The team's — and the town's — instant embrace of him has caught him by surprise, rejuvenated him.
"To become a part of this team so quickly ..." he said, his voice trailing off. "Everybody has welcomed me."