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Fisher line determined to up goal production

Monday, 30.04.2007 / 12:00 AM / News
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Fisher line determined to up goal production
Senators centre Mike Fisher wants to start providing more offence for his team. Photo: A. Ringuette/Freestyle Photography/OSHC

by Todd Anderson

Heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the New Jersey Devils tonight at Scotiabank Place, Ottawa Senators forwards Peter Schaefer, Mike Fisher and Mike Comrie are focused on providing some offence to help push their team to a 2-1 series lead.

"We just have to go out there, no matter who we're matched up against, and do the little things," Schaefer says. "Go to the net, shoot the puck a lot more and get playoff-style goals. I think that's what we're going to try and do tonight.

"We know the goals are going to come. We just have to stay positive and keep playing hard for each other."

Senators head coach Bryan Murray says while Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson have led the way, contributions from other players are essential for a long playoff run.

"There's no question to win in a long series you need a variety of people to score goals," Murray says. "It can't just be one line. Not normally anyway. We would like a couple of other guys to step up."

Fisher says defence still remains an important focus for the trio. Still, he would like to help push his team over the edge with some goals.

"We've got to play well defensively and create chances that way and start burying them," Fisher says.

Heatley remains hot
Heatley has followed up his record-setting regular season with an outstanding start to the playoffs. With nine points -- five against goalie Martin Brodeur and the Devils -- Heatley says he hasn't been intimidated by the all-star netminder.

"I think everyone realizes he's a great goaltender, he's a big-game guy and he's going to make big saves but I think we found out in the first two games he's beatable," Heatley says. "There's no question, you've got to make good shots to beat him. You've got to do the right things. You've got to go to the net and get in front of him like everybody else."

At the other end of the ice, Senators goaltender Ray Emery has also played well for Ottawa.

"You've got to look at what Emery's doing," says Devils centre Scott Gomez. "He's coming up huge for them. This is the time of year when you want to make a name for yourself, and Emery's doing that."

A busy optional skate
Every Senators player, except for forward Patrick Eaves who continues to sit out with a head injury, participated in the club's optional skate this morning. That impressed Murray.

"I'm the only guy not on the ice this morning," Murray said during his news conference. "I didn't realize the whole team was going out. I gave them the option. They're in a pretty good frame of mind. We had our team meeting this morning, and everybody seems fine and ready to go and glad to be home after being on the road for a couple of days."




1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
4 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
5 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
6 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
7 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
8 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43


B. Ryan 55 15 30 8 45
E. Karlsson 59 14 31 2 45
K. Turris 59 15 26 -5 41
M. Stone 57 14 23 9 37
M. Hoffman 56 21 15 22 36
M. Zibanejad 57 15 17 1 32
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 54 11 14 -2 25
D. Legwand 57 8 14 -2 22
A. Chiasson 53 9 12 -7 21
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02