Something Fishy brewing

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

TORONTO -- Mike Fisher wore an ear-to-ear grin after feasting on the Maple Leafs last night. And why not? He's settling in very nicely as Daniel Alfredsson's centre.

Fisher's four points played a huge role in the Senators' 5-3 win over the Maple Leafs last night at the Air Canada Centre.

Fisher and linemates Alfredsson and Peter Schaefer each scored a goal for Ottawa, with Dean McAmmond and Chris Neil also finding the net.

The Senators will play their final exhibition home game tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

"It was hard to get any flow even strength, but it felt good," said Fisher. "It was fun to play with those guys and I think we can only get better."

It should be noted Leafs goalie Mikael Tellqvist was horrible.

Fisher scored his goal on a big rebound from Tellqvist at 7:22 of the second. Schaefer's goal at 5:36 came on a rebound of a Fisher shot off the boards and Alfredsson's was the result of a pass by Fisher at 14:04.

"He's going to be better this season because he's that kind of player," said Alfredsson. "He's going to have a big year. He's not just going to score more goals than he did in the past, but it's also the energy and the passion he brings to the game."

It seems the hatred between the Leafs and Senators is starting to build:

* Senators winger Brian McGrattan had his first fight of camp, taking on rugged blueliner Brad Brown. McGrattan suffered a cut above the eye and was forced to leave briefly. In the second, Brown accidentally clubbed McGrattan near the eye with his stick, but it wasn't called.

* Then, after goalie Ray Emery was slammed to the ice by Leafs' prospect Kris Newbury, rugged winger Chris Neil went for a little dance with Toronto defenceman Hal Gill. There weren't a lot of punches thrown, but enough to keep everybody happy.

Much-watched rookie Alexei Kaigorodov continued to struggle. Playing mostly with Patrick Eaves and Denis Hamel, Kaigorodov had only two good shots in the third.

Ray Emery wasn't at fault for goals by Alexander Suglobov, Bryan McCabe and Matt Stajan .

"We've played a lot of hockey, this was our fifth game in six nights, and they just want to get this over with," said Senators coach Bryan Murray.

The Senators were given a minor penalty at the start of the game because Hamel was on the ice and wasn't in the starting lineup.


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