Fisher won't bite on bait

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:32 AM ET

Senators C Mike Fisher is just happy to get to the second round of the playoffs and he doesn't care if the club faces Buffalo, Philadelphia or Montreal in Round 2.

"I don't think it really matters to us. You can't choose your opponent," said Fisher. "You know when you get down to eight teams left that it's going to be tough no matter who you face."

The Senators are pleased to be done with the Bolts, but they're far from satisfied.

"We're just looking at this as one step on a long road," said Fisher. "We feel like we've got a good team here and we want a chance to win a Stanley Cup. That's what we're focusing on right now."

REST STOP: Senators coach Bryan Murray gave the players yesterday off to savour their five-game series victory over the Bolts. Today, the club will have an off-ice workout and is expected to return to the ice tomorrow at Scotiabank Place to begin preparations in earnest for the second round. Murray said this will help some players who are banged up "get some much needed rest." C Chris Kelly, who suffered upper- and lower-body injuries in Round 1, is going to take some time to rest. A determination has to be made on W Vaclav Varada, who left Game 5 with a lower-body injury. D Chris Phillips, who missed Game 5 with what is believed to be a knee injury, said he isn't sure when he'll be ready to play again.


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