Fisher credits linemates for recent success
|Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher looks to extend his five-game goal-scoring streak tomorrow against the Buffalo Sabres.|
by Todd Anderson
Ottawa Senators forward Mike Fisher thanks linemates Peter Schaefer and Daniel Alfredsson for his latest success. Fisher is currently riding a five-game goal-scoring streak and seven-game points streak.
"They're making so many nice plays out there," Fisher says. "I've played with Schaef quite a bit in the past and I've played with Alfie the last six games or so now. He makes so many nice plays out there, he's setting me up in the slot a lot for goals."
Fisher returned to the lineup on Jan. 30 after missing 14 games with a knee injury. Since then he has scored five goals and nine points in as many games.
"I'm playing the way I can," Fisher says. "I'm more confident. We're trying to play hard defensively and then trying to create offensive chances."
Schaefer says while he has had experience playing with Fisher in the past, the addition of Alfredsson to the line is a nice fit, too.
"You put Alfie on any line, and it's going to be an offensive one. Myself and Fishie are just trying to work hard, and when there's a chance to get Alfie the puck, we're looking for him. Fish is shooting and skating well. The main thing for us though is to play in our own end and do that well."
Schaefer spoke about the developing chemistry among his linemates.
"Some players click right away, sometimes it takes a little while for others. You learn tendencies and start to create opportunities off each other. I just hope we continue to get stronger as the season goes on."
Schaefer is on a seven-game points streak. Since Fisher's return, he has three goals and eight points in nine games. Alfredsson is on a six-game points streak with two goals and 10 points over that stretch.
Senators host Sabres tomorrow
Ray Emery will start in goal and Brian McGrattan returns to the lineup for the second game of a home-and-home series against the Sabres tomorrow night at Scotiabank Place. McGrattan spoke about his focus going into tomorrow's match after watching an intense showdown last night.
"We're most worried about getting the two points and playing as a team."
Added Senators head coach Bryan Murray: "We're trying to make the playoffs here. It's also important for us to get a win in our home building. We have to play hard."