Mike Fisher (John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)
Ahead of Monday’s game, Nashville’s Mike Fisher was honored for playing his 1,000th game earlier this month. So it’s only fitting he scored his nicest goal of the season Monday, diving over Drew Doughty and tapping a loose puck home while airborne.
Mike Fisher had friends and family in attendance Monday in Nashville as the Predators honored the veteran center for playing his 1,000th game earlier this month, and they watched on as Fisher momentarily turned into Superman, flying over a downed opponent to score a power play goal.
Fisher scored his 12th goal of the season in spectacular fashion Monday when working towards the net on a Predators man advantage with less than seven minutes remaining in the second frame.
After Pekka Rinne delivered a beautiful stretch pass to Ryan Johansen, he made a slick feed to James Neal, who then moved the puck back to Fisher. With space, Fisher let a quick shot go that was stopped by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, but with the rebound sitting in sight, Fisher leapt into the air, over Los Angeles blueliner Drew Doughty and swatted the puck home:
With the tally, Fisher now has 12 goals and 22 points, and he's found the score sheet five times in his past six games. That's Fisher's first solid scoring streak this season in what has been one of the most frustrating offensive campaigns of his career.
Not since his sophomore season has the 35-year-old scored at a lower than .41 points per game rate, but he has posted only .35 points per game this season over 62 games. He has also seen his ice time drop more than two minutes per game over the course of the past two seasons, a sure sign that Fisher is starting to show some wear and tear.
Scoring Monday night, though, was fitting considering the pre-game ceremony that took place to honor Fisher. His parents, son, wife Carrie Underwood were on-ice for a presentation to Fisher before the game and there was a lengthy video tribute from a number of former teammates, coaches and GMs, as well as appearances by musicians such as Dierks Bentley and Bono. Yes, that Bono.