Andrew Hammond. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Ottawa Senators played another crucial game Thursday, and just like most of the games in their recent surge up the standings, goalie Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond stepped up to make some great saves – including this superb stop on Rangers winger Kevin Hayes.
Senators goalie Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond strikes again.
In Ottawa's crucial road game against the powerful New York Rangers Thursday, Hammond was out of position when the puck got to Blueshirts right winger Kevin Hayes' stick with a wide-open net, but the Hamburglar somehow battled through and managed to keep Hayes from scoring:
That save proved to be huge, as it allowed the Senators to jump out to a 2-0 lead on the Rangers after two periods and eventually win the game 3-0 to put pressure on Boston, Pittsburgh, Detroit and the Islanders as the final weekend of the regular season nears. Hammond made 26 saves in the victory for his third NHL shutout, bumping his record to an amazing 19-1-2 and pushing his individual stats (including a .939 save percentage and 1.82 goals-against average) even higher.
The 27-year-old isn't singlehandedly keeping the Sens in the post-season hunt, but Hammond is a very big reason why they're there.