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NHL honour 'a first for me'

Senators' Fisher named league's third star of the week

Monday, 23.11.2009 / 2:38 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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NHL honour \'a first for me\'
Senators centre Mike Fisher has been named the NHL's third star of the week for the period ending Sunday, during which he produced six points in three Ottawa wins (Getty Images).
His many fans have surely taken notice of Mike Fisher's improved offensive production so far this season.

Now the National Hockey League has, too.

The hard-working Ottawa Senators centre has been named the league's third star of the week for the period concluding on Sunday. In three straight home-ice victories, Fisher collected six points (two goals, four assists), posted a +5 rating and won 65.5 per cent of his faceoffs (36-for-55). Both goals, including the game-winner, were scored in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It’s a first for me," a grinning Fisher said about the NHL recognition. "It’s a nice honour, for sure."

With nine goals and 20 points in 20 games, Fisher is already well on his way to erasing the memory of the 2008-09 season, when he produced just 13 goals and 32 points -- his lowest totals in more than seven years.

"He’s been dominating at times out there," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said of his current linemate. "He does it all. He takes important faceoffs, he kills penalties, he plays on the power play. He’s an energy guy every night. He’s definitely been outstanding for us."

Senators head coach Cory Clouston agreed Fisher's honour is one that is well deserved.

"He’s played with different guys at different times of the year but his game hasn’t changed," said Clouston. "I think that’s the most important thing. If he just continues to play the way he does, he complements whoever is on his line."

Team guy that he is, Fisher prefers to spread around some of the credit for his early-season offensive success.

"I feel good with the puck and for whatever reason, it’s been better offensively," he said. "A lot of it is our team play and how the team has been playing. My linemates have been great. A lot people on our team deserve credit (for this)."

San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton and goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens were selected as the week's first and second stars, respectively.


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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06