'Brutal' Fisher looks to raise game in 2011

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:57 PM ET

Mike Fisher has made a New Year's resolution.

"To forget 2010," he said, before quickly remembering it wasn't all bad with Carrie. "On the ice, anyway."

Fisher spent the early part of the season playing through an upper-body injury that prevented him from playing his usual physical game.

He says it's no longer a problem.

"I'm feeling better than I have in a while. I don't have any excuses," he said with a laugh. "I'm brutal."

Not quite, but not good, either.

Fisher, who has been a Top 6 forward all season and spent much of the time playing alongside Daniel Alfredsson, has 11 goals and six assists, putting him on pace to finish with about 34 points. That would be the lowest total of his 11-season career, not including the 32 games he played as a rookie in 1999-2000.

Fisher does lead all NHL forwards in blocked shots, with 48, but the offensively inept Senators need him to put up more points.

Asked to analyze his game, Fisher replied: "I'll leave that up to the pros, that's supposed to be you."

Then he added: "I think at times I've probably been all right. Obviously, playing a lot now with (Jason) Spezza out, but my game's definitely got to be elevated, I've got to be trying to get the guys going.

"There's no question I can be much better. That's my goal here, heading into the new year."

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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