Fun paying off for Fisher

Posted on November 19, 2009

Fun paying off for Fisher

Mike Fisher is never really one to worry about numbers, but even he's enjoying seeing his stats these days.

With nine goals and 16 points in 18 games Fisher is on pace for 41 goals this season, a stat that would eclipse his prior season high of 23 goals in the 2007-08 season.

Fisher's strong start could be considered perfect timing.

The Senators have always had confidence in Fisher and his abilities, but things never seemed to come together - until now. Fisher was named an alternate captain at the start of the season and the 29-year-old is prospering under his new responsibilities.

Some believe Fisher is also benefiting from having Alex Kovalev as a linemate. The two made for a dangerous tandem in the Senators 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this week.

"He's so crafty, I'm just trying to get out of his way and let him find the openings," said Fisher. "I'm just trying to find those areas to get open and score."

However Sens coach Cory Clouston says Fisher deserves much of the credit for his success.

"He makes everyone around him better because of his work ethic and the little things he does so well," Clouston said. "Does he always score on every chance? No, but you can take a little bit of that because of all the good he does, and (Tuesday night) he did a little bit of everything."

Fisher says he isn't doing anything differently, but admits he's feeling good about his game.

"I've kind of relaxed compared to last year, where I was gripping the stick," said Fisher. "Sometimes you try too hard and things don't go so well, so I think I've relaxed a little more, and just got down to playing and having some fun."

The Senators are hoping Fisher continues to have fun as his enjoyment has been extremely beneficial.