The Ottawa Senators returned to the ice this week after a nine-day break thanks to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
In many ways the break came at the worst possible time for the Senators as they were playing some of their best hockey of the year winning 14 of their last 16.
For Mike Fisher the time off was an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from the game.
"A break's always welcome," said Fisher. "We were playing pretty well, but a lot of teams have to go through that. We had a real tough stretch the last two or three months with so many games."
With 82 games the season can often seem gruelling and leave one with little time to focus on anything but the game and a break like this not only allows the body to heal the bump and bruises, but let the mind focus on other aspects.
"Mentally I think we were ready for a break and we'll come back refreshed and ready to rock," admitted Fisher. "We had some good time off and now we get some good practice time which will be good heading into the playoffs."
While some might think getting away from the game would be hard, Fisher admits he found it quite easy this time around.
"I really didn't think about hockey much at all," said Fisher with a laugh. "I just kind of got in shut-off mode and turned things off. I didn't even watch that much of the Olympics."
Fisher admits it was a nice change of pace, especially with the playoffs around the corner which is a gruelling battle.
"I thought it was great," he said. "You come back refreshed and ready to go."