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Thursday, December 28, 2006
Senators lose center Fisher with left knee injury

Associated Press

OTTAWA -- Senators center Mike Fisher is out indefinitely with an injury to his left knee.

Mike fisher

Fisher got hurt Wednesday night against the New York Islanders when he took what appeared to be an innocent hit during Ottawa's 2-0 victory. He joins fellow center Jason Spezza on the sidelines. Spezza is expected to miss up to six weeks with a knee injury.

"It's pretty sore and swollen," Fisher said Thursday. "It's an injury you can't control. A lot of these injuries look harmless but something goes out. I've just got to worry about getting back and having a good attitude.

"I've got to do my best at getting back as soon as possible. Hopefully, it's not too long."

Chris Kelly will replace Fisher on the top line between captain Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley.

Fisher has eight goals and 15 assists in 37 games this season.

"When you lose Spezza and Fish, these are quality guys and they're hard to come by," Senators coach Bryan Murray said. "Now everybody has to do their job. If mistakes are made, they're going to be magnified."

Alfredsson said his team must rally around the losses.

"Everybody has to chip in a little bit more and just play a little bit smarter," he said. "Obviously it's a lot tougher but I think we know if we play together as a team and don't make too many mistakes we have a good chance of winning any game."