Hammond, given the nickname "The Hamburglar" by a college teammate at Bowling Green State University, bent to pick up a hamburger thrown onto the ice after the victory, the 13th in the past 17 games for the Senators (13-2-2).
"I tried to give it to someone in the crowd, but they weren’t ready for it," Hammond said. "It was a little cold so I didn’t want to eat it."
While it hasn’t been finalized, Hammond said after the game there’s a plan in the works for him to receive a card giving him free McDonald’s for life.
The father of his coach at Bowling Green owns McDonald’s restaurants in Ottawa, Hammond said.
"There’s a connection there and someone in their family has talked to the vice-president of marketing and they’re okay with 'The Hamburglar' being used and as their favor to me in return for giving them some free promotions are supposedly getting me a card that’s for free McDonald’s," Hammond said.
Is there a concern he might show up a little heavy for training camp next season?
"They have that new light menu with salad and stuff. I guess at the end of the day, I know I’ll never end up starving. If hockey doesn’t work out, I’ll have a meal plan," Hammond said.
"Obviously it’s pretty surreal to hear that. I’ve seen the tweets and stuff … [first time] since WWI or something …" Hammond said. "It’s obviously a pretty crazy run and something I’m proud of but at the end of the day, you can’t do it without the team playing well in front of you."
The 27-year-old got his chance after injuries to Senators goaltenders Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, and his brilliant play has earned him the starter’s job after Anderson’s return from a hand injury.
Hammond and Emery each made 27 saves in regulation and overtime.
The Senators have a game in hand on the Bruins. Ottawa is seven points behind Washington, which holds the first wild card, and have two games in hand on the Capitals.
"I think we all knew the possibility was there [for this kind of run]," Ryan said. "But Hammer has come in and made it a possibility, really.
"Coming to the rink every day is a lot of fun right now. We just hope it’s not too little, too late. If it is, you still have to leave here knowing you did everything possible and a lot of guys are going to be feeling pretty good about that."
The Flyers (29-27-15) are 9-18-9 on the road and 3-9 in shootouts.
It was pointed out to Philadelphia coach Craig Berube that if the Flyers shootout record was turned around, they’d be in the thick of the playoff race.
"We’d probably be close, right?" he said. "They have the skill to put the puck in the net. It’s a combination of not scoring enough and not getting a save. I thought Ray did a good job on the first two shooters and we couldn’t get a goal."
Berube said he was encouraged by the Flyers effort at the start of a four-game road trip.
"That’s a good game, a good, smart game," he said. "We were in control all game. I thought that Ray made some good saves when he had to and we played pretty smart."
Giroux said he was impressed with Hammond’s performance.
"You can see this guy has got a lot of confidence right now and you can see the fans are liking it a lot," he said. "It’s that kind of goalie that’s hot right now. They’re putting him in there and he’s doing a good job."