Yzerman's opinion only one that counts: Fisher

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:13 PM ET

Mike Fisher doesn’t have any gripes with getting backing from Don Cherry and Glenn Healy for a spot on Team Canada Saturday night.

The Senators centre knows the opinion of the two Hockey Night in Canada analysts means little in the grand scheme.

“Not as much as (Steve) Yzerman’s,” said Fisher with a wide smile following the club’s 45-minute skate yesterday at Scotiabank Place.

It’s nice to have the host of Coach’s Corner and a well-respected former NHL goalie on your side, but the only opinion that matters is Canada’s executive director and Yzerman isn’t going to make his choices public until Wednesday at noon.

“To be picked by hockey guys like that is nice for sure, but you want to be picked by Yzerman. We’ll see what happens. It’s going to be not too long before we find out.”

Fisher, who has 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 36 games, is up against some tough customers like Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, Dallas’ Brad Richards and Brenden Morrow for a fourth-line role

“Everybody is looking forward to (the announcement). It’s going to be an exciting, but nerve-wracking time,” said Fisher. “I’m approaching it like whatever happens, I’m just trying to playing as hard as I can and to control what I can control. I can’t’ worry about it.”

Learning curve

Senators coach Cory Clouston said he wanted rookie D Erik Karlsson to sit back and watch, so that’s why he was a healthy scratch Saturday in Buffalo. “I thought that Erik’s game has dropped off in the last few games,” said Clouston. “The intensity level has dropped off. For the most part, up until the last few games, he had played well since we recalled him. I thought it was best him to sit back, refocus and get ready to play the next game.” Karlsson said he is still learning. “I’m a young guy so I don’t take it too hard. I just have to work even harder. I just need to get as much as experience as I can. There’s going to be ups and downs,” said Karlsson, who was the last one off the ice.

Memorable night

The Canadiens’ next goal will be the 20,000th in team history. Oddly enough, Newsy Lalonde opened the scoring for the Habs on Jan. 19, 1910 just up the line vs. the Renfrew Creamery Kings in the National Hockey Association, the NHL’s precursor. The Habs lost 9-4. According to Montreal Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs, this will be the 6,065th game in Habs’ history.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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