Sens' Fisher out a week

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

MONTREAL -- The Senators will have to play without Mike Fisher for at least a week.

The Senators winger suffered a mild shoulder strain in a collision with Eric Lindros in Monday's 6-5 victory over the Maple Leafs.

INJURY NOT SERIOUS

Fisher says while the injury isn't serious, he won't be ready for Saturday's visit by the Bruins. He hopes he'll be ready to face the Lightning on Oct. 21 at the St. Pete's Forum.

"It's unfortunate. I just kind of got caught up with (Lindros)," said Fisher. "I didn't think it was too bad at first and I thought I was going to be fine (today), but I woke up and it was pretty stiff.

"What I'm hoping is that it will only be a week or so, but we'll have to see. I don't think I'll be back (Saturday). I'm fortunate that it is early and we're in a part of the schedule where we don't have many games. I just can't worry about things I can't control."

The Senators recalled winger Patrick Eaves from Binghamton on an emergency basis, but he was sent back immediately after playing his first NHL game against the Habs.

MIXED REACTION: G Dominik Hasek is a fan of the new NHL shootouts ... for now. "I like them because we're winning," he said yesterday. And, while they know the fans like the excitement that goes with the penalty shots, the Senators have mixed feelings about deciding who will get the extra point if there is no winner in the five-minute overtime. "I like the fact that we've won both games (against the Leafs) and I know the fans enjoy it, but as a coach I'm going to have to get used to it," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "I just find that it's a tough way to decide a game. That being said, I know the fans pay a lot of money and they deserve to get to see a winner. I still have my questions about it, but it's great entertainment and you can tell that the fans have a lot of fun with it."


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