Ruslan Fedotenko joined Donbass, a KHL club based in Ukraine, last week. In his Sunday debut for the club, the Flyers' forward scored the game-winning goal in the shootout to cap off a comeback win against Atlant Mytishchi.
Fedotenko's shootout winner pushed Donbass over the top after falling behind in a 2-0 second period hole.
The game was filled with contributions from players with Philly connections: Donbass defenseman Oskars Bartulis assisted in the win, tying the game at 2-2 with about 12 minutes remaining in the third period. Former Flyer Nikolay Zherdev opened the scoring for Atlant midway through the second period on a goal assisted by one-time Tampa Bay Lightning forward Janne Niskala and some guy named Igor who's never played in North America.
Fedotenko took a tripping penalty late in the third period of the tie game, and while afterwards he expressed to Donbass' official website confidence that his teammates were able to kill off the Atlant power play, he also seemed to hint at some displeasure with the call. (May have been lost in translation; you can see for yourself.)
Upon arrival in the Ukraine, his home country, last Thursday, Fedotenko told the Donbass website that he was happy to join the KHL's only Ukrainian club. This season is Donbass' first season in the league after previously competing in Russia's second-tier pro league.
"I've got a chance to keep my shape till the lockout ends," Fedotenko said. "I need to talk to coach and adjust to European ice that's bigger, but it's not such a problem."
Donbass, 2-0 so far this season, is back in action on Tuesday against Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.