Bump rap for Fisher

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:12 PM ET

Mike Fisher won't apologize for bumping New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

Not when it led to the winning goal in Monday's 2-0 victory over the Devils.

"I don't even know if it was a penalty," said Fisher yesterday. "I didn't even remember it happening until I got asked about it by CBC after the game."

With a victory tonight in Game 4 at Scotiabank Place, the Senators can take a 3-1 series lead with Game 5 Saturday at Continental Airlines Arena.

As far as Fisher is concerned, the third-period incident, which knocked Brodeur off balance and led to Tom Preissing's winning goal, is just part of hockey.

"I'm just going to try to chip in any way I can -- if that means delivering hits, that's what I'll do," said Fisher. "(Brodeur) came out (of the crease) and I got a piece of him, just enough I guess that he went down.

FOCUSING ON PUCK

"I definitely impeded him so he lost some of his balance. I didn't know I even clipped him until I saw the replay. I was focusing on the puck coming along the boards."

After the goal, Brodeur tried to talk referee Brad Watson into giving Fisher a penalty, but the complaint fell on deaf ears.

"(Watson) had two explanations," said Brodeur. "He told me he didn't see it and he told my players I had plenty of time to recover. I don't know what to believe. It's not the end of the world. To get all wound up about this is just a waste of energy."

The bump added to what's already been a controversial series.

* It started when Devils GM/coach Lou Lamoriello convinced the league to give his club two extra days of rest after Round 1 and pushed the start of the series to Thursday from Tuesday.

* Senators coach Bryan Murray complained loudly Sunday about the timekeeper being .07 seconds late starting the clock, which allowed the Devils' Sergei Brylin to score an important buzzer-beater in Game 2 in New Jersey.

* Yesterday, it was Lamoriello's turn to complain to NHL officials about the "non-call" on Fisher. Series manager Charlie Manfield told the New York Post after the game it was "incidental" contact and if the officials didn't see it, then it can't be reviewed.

"It's a hockey play," said Murray. "(Brodeur) was in position, he was out of the white paint with one leg and Fisher just made accidental contact.

"Players go to the net. We saw in the previous series (against Pittsburgh) that Ray Emery got run over a number of times. I never heard very much controversy about it.

"Things in hockey happen. There are calls we like and calls we don't like. I didn't like the fact that the guy was sitting there with his finger on the button to start the clock and it didn't happen. (They said I was) whining because I mentioned it. The bottom line is referees see what they see and they try to do what they can do.

"I'll be unhappy about a call before this series is over, there's no question. (Lamoriello) probably will too. That's the nature of the beast."


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