Fisher happy to help make history

Posted on April 25, 2011

Fisher happy to help make history

The Nashville Predators aren't finished making history.

With a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks Sunday the Predators won the series 4-2 and will advance to the Western Conference semifinals for the first time in franchise history.

"It feels great," said Mike Fisher. "There was so much pressure on guys in the organization from recent past to succeed."

Fisher is thrilled to be part of a group that has shown resiliency, strength and conviction.

"It was a lot of fun to win this series at home," said Fisher. "It's never been easy all year, but we found a way to win when we needed to and we did that again in the playoffs."

While Fisher didn't play the entire season with the Predators, he became an integral part of the team after being acquired by Nashville in February, but the 30-year-old was undoubtedly at his best during the playoffs.

Fisher led the team in scoring with six points (3G, 3A) and is 11th overall in the league, but one of his most important roles was in the faceoff circle where he was an impressive 52.7%. But rather than accept any credit for his role in the Predators success Fisher would much prefer to deflect praise to his teammates.

"(Pekka) Rinne has been our best player all year and it was nice to score a few extra goals to take some pressure off. The guys really stepped up," he said. "I knew there were expectations of me and it felt really good to be part of the group of guys who helped the team move on."

The Predators will need to wait a few days to learn who will be their next opponent, but no matter who they face the Predators will be ready for the challenge.

Fisher says he's also enjoying the playoff excitement within the city.

"The atmosphere in the rink has been great," said Fisher, "but now we're even seeing the fans tailgating and more and more bars and restaurants are catching the excitement."