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Fisher line determined to up goal production

Monday, 04.30.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / 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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54


E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02