The man, the player, the Christian rock single

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Sun Media

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It's performed by Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK), a Christian hard-rock band formed in Fisher's hometown of Peterborough. The band has produced six albums and is a three-time Juno nominee.

They play Mike Fisher whenever Mike Fisher scores a goal at Scotiabank Place, so it's understandable if you aren't really familiar with it, especially if you've only started hanging around Scotiabank Place in the last few months.

Fisher scored his first goal at home since Jan. 17 last night (his first of two on the night) and hopefully for him and the Senators, it's a breakthrough for the struggling centre.

"It feels good to get a couple. It's been a rough go around the net," said Fisher. "I've just tried to stay mentally tough and get through it and help out in every situation."

Fisher took a nice little touch pass from winger Antoine Vermette just over the Buffalo Sabres' blue line last night and bore down on Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller.

Fisher slipped a backhander between Miller's pads at 4:17 of the second period to tie the game 2-2.

The goal -- a softy on Miller's part, really -- was just Fisher's third in the last 27 games and just the second game in that span in which he's actually scored since he had two goals in one game against the Coyotes in Phoenix March 8.

In the third, Fisher redirected a pass from Vermette into the open side to Miller's left at 3:58 for his 23rd of the season and a 3-2 Ottawa lead.

Trevor McNevan, a founding member of Thousand Foot Krutch, is a friend of Fisher's and wrote the song for him (according to McNevan, the name of the band "symbolizes the point in our lives that we realize we can't make it on our own strength.")

The Senators certainly aren't going to make it depending on just one line to score, so having Fisher get a little bit of a scoring touch at this point in the season would be a huge boost for them.

Any team needs production out of that second-line centre position and seven goals out of an average of 20 minutes of ice time a night puts a lot of demand on somebody somewhere else in the lineup to pick up the slack.

"He's played so hard for us," said Senators coach and GM Bryan Murray. "He gave us some momentum, especially in the third when it was a bit of a struggle. I thought (his goal) was going to carry the day, but unfortunately, we couldn't win it for him."

For the good of the Senators moving forward, they need to hear a lot more from Mike Fisher.

They need to hear more Mike Fisher.

HEAR AND THERE: Miller called his team out after the way it collapsed against the Senators on Tuesday night. That puts pressure on himself to perform. He probably would have liked to have had Ottawa's first goal back last night. Jason Spezza slipped the puck between his pads from a deep angle, though it was on a 2-on-1 ... A lot of fans were no doubt anxious to see Senators rookie defenceman Brian Lee live and in person after his impressive debut Tuesday night against the Sabres. So, what happens? First shift he passes the puck right onto the stick of a Sabre outside the Ottawa blue line, drawing a huge groan. He was saved by an off-side.

REVELATIONS: Ottawa goaltender Martin Gerber questioned the referee about the winning goal in the shootout by Buffalo's Derek Roy. Gerber said the puck hit the post, reversed direction and went in off his pad. "It's that rule nobody is sure exists," said Gerber. "If the puck changes direction, the play is supposed to be off. The puck went off the post and came back out." ... Buffalo's Paul Gaustad found out what a lot of players have found out. It hurts to run into Senators defenceman Anton "The A-Train" Volchenkov. He was cringing on his slow skate to the Buffalo bench after colliding with Volchenkov in the first period.

SPECULATIONS: Miller said he's going to give some thought on how to better handle the workload he's had this year. Last night's was his 72nd game of the season and his 30th consecutive start. The 72 games matches the team record held by Martin Biron, Dominik Hasek and Don Edwards. "It's definitely been a learning experience," he said. He's been struggling with finding a balance between working on his game and finding time to rest. He'd like to talk to other players who have been through the same thing, like New Jersey's Martin Brodeur. "The problem is getting him to spill the beans and talk about it," said Miller. "I don't think he's going to give me too much help."

THE BUZZ: Another sign of spring approaching: Senators defenceman Wade Redden got his barbeque dug out of the snow the other day. On the menu? Homemade turkey burgers

JUST WONDERING: A good point made by former Senator now Team 1200 broadcaster Shaun Van Allen: If the Sabres have to pretty much win out to make the playoffs, then why wouldn't they dress tough guy Andrew Peters? He has scored four goals in his career and the Sabres are 4-0 in the games in which he has scored. Why not try getting the karma going?


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