Cole notes that tide has turned on CBC

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:59 PM ET

 TORONTO -- The shoe is on the other foot in the Battle of Ontario this time around.

 While Senators fans have been screaming for years that Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man Bob Cole and colour analyst Harry Neale are Maple Leafs homers, CBC is now getting complaints from Toronto fans.

  Cole said yesterday that he got a call from HNIC executive producer Joel Darling on Thursday informing him the network had received numerous e-mails and complaints about CBC's top announcer being biased toward the Senators in his call of games in the series.

 "I don't know what to say. You can't win in this business. I've got to say that both teams have scored. That's my job. I guess (if Leafs fans think it) that's a good thing, I suppose," Cole said with a laugh at the Air Canada Centre.

 A CANDIDATE FOR CANADA?: A player Team Canada may look at for the World Cup of Hockey is Senators C Mike Fisher. The hard-nosed Fisher, who has been one of Ottawa's top players vs. the Leafs, was injured when Canada made its list of 50 candidates, but many NHL insiders believe he now deserves consideration. Senators coach Jacques Martin, a member of the World Cup staff, said yesterday that Fisher's name wasn't raised when the list was put together during the NHL all-star weekend in February. But Martin said he'd be willing to put in a good word Fisher, who missed most of the regular season because of elbow surgery. "That's definitely something I would support," said Martin. "Part of what's happening is the coaching staff isn't going to be involved as much in the selection process the same way as we were for the Olympics. With everybody involved in the playoffs, a lot of the selections are going to be made by (executive director) Wayne Gretzky and his staff." Getting a gritty player like Fisher on the roster would make sense. He works hard and rarely loses battles. "It's nothing I've really thought about much. I've never had an opportunity to play for Canada, but it would be a great honour if I had the chance," said Fisher. Still, the competition would be tough for Fisher because Detroit's Kris Draper and the Islanders' Michael Peca have more experience at the international level and play the same type of game as Fisher does.

 AROUND THE BOARDS: Martin praised Senators RW Martin Havlat for his hard work against the Leafs. While Havlat didn't have a goal going into Game 5 last night, Martin has been pleased with the way he's contributed and cited examples of Havlat playing well at both ends of the ice. "In (Havlat's) case, in the last six weeks, he's been one of our better forwards," said Martin. "He's been working hard and he's been using his assets ... the biggest being his speed." Havlat said he's not worried about scoring. "I don't care about putting the puck in the net," said Havlat. "All that matters to me is that the team wins. I don't think about that other stuff. I never have. All that's important is that the team has success. It doesn't matter how you have that success." ... Toronto D Ken Klee tried to put a positive spin on the fact the Leafs went into Game 5 with the Senators holding a 134-84 advantage in shots through the first four games. "To me, it's an indication of how we've been able to defend a lead," said Klee. Toronto coach Pat Quinn wasn't as satisfied as Klee. "We've got some guys on this team who I'd like to see shoot a lot more," he said. "They want to make the extra pass or try something fancy when we're all looking at it and want them to shoot the puck. We try to encourage our people to shoot a lot more. Sometimes, we're looking for the perfect play."


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