Senators' Fish fried

DON BRENNAN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Fishing for a victory in the Windy City, the Senators came up with nothing but an old boot.

And doing most of the fruitless casting once again was, you guessed it, Mike Fisher.

After having all nine of his shots on goal stopped by Florida's Craig Anderson in a 4-3 overtime loss Monday, the Senators centre peppered Cristobal Huet at the United Center. Fisher had seven of Ottawa's 23 shots on goal in a 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks.

Since scoring his third goal of the season Nov. 27 against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Fisher has had 26 of his attempts for No. 4 turned aside by various goalies.

"Fish played his heart out," said coach Craig Hartsburg. "He hit, he got hit, he blocked shots, he was huge for us. You like to see him get rewarded on the scoresheet, but we needed a few other guys with the same mindset as him."

"Its frustrating, no question," said Fisher. "To get lots of chances ... just to even get one to get us going. You can't do anything about it. You've got to regroup."

Making his first start since Nov. 7, goalie Martin Gerber was beaten on the fourth shot he faced, but then shut the door on the 'Hawks the rest of the way.

The goal was not his exactly his fault, either. Patrick Kane's 13th of the season, from 23 feet out, went off Antoine Vermette's stick about a foot from where it was launched.

Troy Brouwer scored with Gerber on the bench in favour of an extra attacker in the game's last minute.

'FEEL BAD FOR MARTIN'

"I feel bad for Martin," said Hartsburg. "I thought he was real good, real sharp and real focused. He gave us a chance."

Gerber was lucky -- he was looking for a puck at the side of the net while it was bouncing over Martin Havlat's stick in front moments after the Kane goal -- but he was also good in this, his seventh start of the season.

The Senators' power play was 0-for-5 (including a 1:04 two-man advantage).

Jason Spezza had a horrible night doing what he does best -- passing the puck. His completion percentage was unofficially very low.

" Our line wasn't good at all," said Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson. "That's probably the difference. It's frustrating"

Right after the game, the Senators travelled to Washington, where they play tomorrow.


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