Posted on April 19, 2011
With the Nashville Predators holding a 2-1 lead in its quarterfinal Stanley Cup series against the Anaheim Ducks, David Poile's acquisition of Mike Fisher prior to the trade deadline looks to be paying off huge dividends.
Fisher has been instrumental through this series. In Game 1 Fisher was by far the best player on the ice for the Predators, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist as the Predators surpirsed the Ducks 4-1 in Game 1.
Fisher added an assist in Nashville's Game 2 loss before scoring the game-winner in Game 3 Sunday night in Nashville. In addition to displaying his offensive abilities, Fisher showed some toughness by scrapping Sunday night with Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf.
The two had a brief history dating back to the 2005 Stanley Cup Finals, when Fisher played for the Ottawa Senators, where Fisher and Getzlaf got into a scrap.
Of all the moves made at the deadline Fisher has most definitely been the most impressive as no other player has made as big a contribution to his new team.
"He has playoff experience and he's one of those guys who can take his game to another level in the playoffs," said Poile.
Fisher has also made a significant impact on the Predators powerplay, an area in which the team struggled during last season's playoff appearance against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Predators are desperate to advance to the second round for the first time and will undoubtedly look to Fisher for his experience.
Nashville hosts the Ducks Wednesday night for Game 4 of the series where they hope to take a 3-1 series lead.