As the Senators prepare for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Pittsburgh Penguins we caught up with Mike Fisher and got his thoughts on the following.
Q. There are some who believe you caught the Penguins off guard in Game 1, what do you think will be the key to tonight's game?
A - There are a lot of areas we know we need to be better against these guys and not give them some of the opportunities we did last game. We know we have to be much better because they are coming at us hard.
We have to have the same mind set as Game 1. We can't look too far ahead and we can't be happy with just one game. We need to make sure we are focused and ready.
Q. How would you rate your personal play in Game 1.
A - I think I can definitely be better in Game 2 than I was in Game 1. There are lots of things you want to improve. Overall the face-off circle went well. I had a few chances. I just want to make sure I'm being better, but obviously a lot of players stepped up and played great for us in Game 1 and we need more of that and hopefully I can come in and play a bigger role.
Q.Match-ups seem to be key in this series. How do you like the idea of matching up against the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin?
A - It doesn't matter who you are facing you have to be ready. They have a lot of weapons they can throw at you, but I enjoy playing against Crosby or Malkin. When you're going out for those shifts you have to be ready to compete - be smart use your head, but still rely on the things you can do.
Q. Nick Foligno will be playing with you tonight. Can you just comment on your chemistry together?
A - I played a lot with him this year. He's a guy that cycles the puck well - can drive to the net and make things happen.
Q. What will be the key for tonight's game?
A - We want to come out of here with two (wins) - (We need to) have a good start - take the fans out of it if we can and just be ready. It's going to be a good game.