Fisher leads Sens over Leafs

Posted on November 27, 2010

Fisher leads Sens over Leafs

With two goals and an assist in a 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs the Ottawa Senators couldn't have asked for more from Mike Fisher.

Fisher, who has struggled of late with an undisclosed injury, played one of his best games in weeks and helped spark Alex Kovalev who had one goal and two assists.

The win couldn't have come at a better time for the Senators who were looking at a record of five losses in their last six games, not to mention the emotional turmoil the team was dealing with following the death of assistant coach Luke Richardson's daughter.

Ottawa coach Cory Clouston said it's been a long process for the team to find itself again.

"When you have a tough week like we did last week, it's not a light switch," he said. "You can't automatically turn it back on and be a good team. There's a little bit of a process to get your team back on track. I thought (in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Penguins) we started, and I thought we continued on (in Saturday's game)."

Brian Elliott stopped 29 shots for his second shutout of the season and eighth of his career. It was the fifth time this season that the Leafs have been blanked.

Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson faced 28 shots.

With consistency being one of the Senators biggest struggles this season Fisher felt it was important for the team to pick up from its efforts in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Penguins where although the result was disappointing, the effort was not.

"We needed to get up for it and be good at home," he said. "We've got to make a habit of being tough and playing good early and playing solid games. We've been inconsistent of late and hopefully we can build on this and continue to do some of those things and win.

"It was one of those nights when things clicked. We felt good early and got a little bit of confidence."