Fisher should be ready to face Bruins

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:03 PM ET

Mike Fisher should be fine.

The Senators centre left in the third period of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay at Scotiabank Place after blocking a Mattias Ohlund shot, but the team is hopeful he’ll be able to play Tuesday in Boston.

Already without C Jason Spezza (shoulder), the Senators can’t afford to have another pivot sidelined.

A decision won’t be made until after practice on Monday, but the indications Sunday were that Fisher is going to be OK.

Fisher tried to skate vs. the Bolts one shift after blocking the shot, but left and didn’t return.

LEHNER SENT DOWN

The Senators returned G Robin Lehner to AHL Binghamton Sunday to suit up against the Providence Bruins. Lehner was called up on an emergency basis Friday after Pascal Leclaire came up lame prior to Ottawa’s game in Chicago. Either Lehner or Mike Brodeur will be recalled to back up Brian Elliott in Boston.

FIRING BLANKS

With Friday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks, the Senators are the NHL’s worst team in the skills competition. A check of the NHL statistics Sunday revealed the Senators are ranked No. 30 with only 16 victories in 46 attempts since the shootout was instituted in 2005-06. The Flyers are 29th with 17 wins.

DOWNIE LET OFF

The NHL decided not to penalize Tampa W Steve Downie any further for his shot to the head on Ottawa C Peter Regin Saturday. “I don’t know if it was blindside or not, but it looked to me like (Downie) took a run at (Regin),” said Senators D Chris Phillips, who came to Regin’s defence.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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