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Fisher credits linemates for recent success

Friday, 02.23.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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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."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 75 20 41 7 61
K. Turris 75 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 73 19 34 13 53
B. Ryan 71 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 72 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 73 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 55 13 14 -11 27
D. Legwand 73 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 69 11 15 -4 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Hammond 14 1 1 .938 1.92
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49