Senators edge Bruins, move closer to wild card

Chris Stevenson  - Correspondent | Friday, 03.20.2015 / 12:17 AM

OTTAWA -- Andrew "The Hamburglar" Hammond gave up more goals than usual, but he is still unbeaten in regulation as a starter in the NHL.

Bobby Ryan scored the game-winner at 11:28 of the third period to help the Ottawa Senators defeat the Boston Bruins 6-4 at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

The Senators (35-24-11) are two points behind the Bruins (36-24-11) for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference with one game in hand.

Ottawa was 14 points out of the wild card on Feb. 10.

Hammond is 12-0-1 as a starter, though he was unable to set an NHL record. His streak of consecutive games having allowed two or fewer goals ended Thursday at 12 to start his NHL career.

He allowed his third goal of the game to Boston Bruins forward Ryan Spooner at 11:42 of the second period.

Hammond tied the record set by Bruins Hall of Fame goaltender Frank Brimsek in 1938-39 in a 2-1 overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

"I expected to let in four goals at some point in my NHL career, or five or six," Hammond said. "Every night you just try to find a way to give your team a chance.

"Luckily we were able to score some goals. It was just one of those games where there was some strange goals, pucks bouncing everywhere and finding a way in.

"You’re going to have those nights, and all you can do when its 4-4 after the second is just try to make that next save to give your team a chance. Luckily I was able to do that."

Hammond, who made 31 saves, missed the national anthems and made a late entry after a skate lace broke during the warm-up.

He was greeted on the ice in the postgame celebration by Senators forward Curtis Lazar, who was eating one of the hamburgers thrown on the ice by celebrating Senators fans. Many of those fans were wearing Hamburglar masks distributed at the game as a promotion by radio station TSN 1200.

"We can probably work something out if he’s really that desperate for hamburgers," said Hammond, who is receiving free food at McDonald’s for life.

Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for the Bruins, who have lost three in a row.

Kyle Turris (two goals), Milan Michalek, David Legwand and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators.

Spooner, who has scored four of his five NHL goals at Canadian Tire Centre, had two for the Bruins. Carl Soderberg and Torey Krug also scored.

Ryan’s shot from the right wing bounced up in the air after Rask made the first save and bounced in off Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.

"Tonight was just pure dumb luck, more so than anything if you watched the way that one unfolded," Ryan said. "I knew that I had opportunities throughout the game that I would like back again. I said something has got to give at some point, with the amount of pucks I was throwing at the net. It was there. It just finally turned into a lucky one that got it done."

The Senators took 3-2 and 4-3 leads in the second period, but the Bruins matched them.

Legwand scored at 3:11 of the second to give Ottawa a 3-2 lead, but Spooner, on a 5-on-3 power play, scored his second of the game to tie it at 11:42.

Pageau gave Ottawa the lead 15 seconds later with a shorthanded goal after a turnover by Reilly Smith in the Bruins zone.

Krug tied it 4-4 at 13:17 after Hammond stopped the first couple of shots in a Bruins flurry.

Coach Claude Julien didn’t see much he liked in the Bruins’ execution or desire.

"Disappointed is probably the right word," he said. "When you get to those big games, you expect a lot more out of a lot of guys. We didn’t get that tonight. When you look at the game, the feeling is they seemed to want it more than we did. That’s the other part. That’s disappointing.

"You know, at one point you have to look at yourself in the mirror and let’s stop pretending here and start showing whether we want or not to be in a playoff spot. We need a lot more from a lot of guys. That was a big game for us and unfortunately, we didn’t get that."

The Senators needed 19 seconds of the game to score. Mark Stone passed the puck from the right wing to Turris in the slot. Rask stopped Turris’ first shot, but he followed it up and scored on the rebound for his 18th goal.

The lead lasted 40 seconds. Soderberg scored his 11th goal with a shot that looked like it changed direction off the stick of Senators defenseman Cody Ceci.

"We never found our good solid defensive structure. I don’t know how many times they got to loose pucks around our net area," Julien said. "We weren’t strong enough there. We were soft and we allowed them to play in front of our net. Because of that, they win a hockey game."

Bruins forward Milan Lucic said he didn’t like the play of Boston's third man in the offensive zone, who often got caught flatfooted and allowed odd-man rushes and easy breakouts for the Senators.

"At the end of the day, we’ve still got a two point lead," Lucic said. “I know they have a game in hand. Right now it means nothing unless they win it. With 11 games left, we know it’s not going to be easy, especially looking at our schedule and the teams that we have to play.

"Every game is going to be like this for the rest of the season. We have to fight and play our best and bring our best to make the playoffs."

Scoring Summary
1st Period
00:19OTT Kyle Turris (18) ASST: Milan Michalek (20), Mark Stone (29) 1 - 0 OTT
00:59BOS Carl Soderberg (11) ASST: Loui Eriksson (23), Dougie Hamilton (31) 1 - 1 Tie
04:04BOS Ryan Spooner (4) ASST: Milan Lucic (25), David Pastrnak (11) 2 - 1 BOS
15:03OTT Milan Michalek (13) ASST: Mark Stone (30), Kyle Turris (31) 2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
03:11OTT David Legwand (9) ASST: Erik Condra (11), Alex Chiasson (14) 3 - 2 OTT
11:42BOS PPG - Ryan Spooner (5) ASST: Torey Krug (22), Patrice Bergeron (30) 3 - 3 Tie
11:57OTT SHG - Jean-Gabriel Pageau (5) ASST: Erik Condra (12) 4 - 3 OTT
13:17BOS Torey Krug (12) ASST: Carl Soderberg (27), David Pastrnak (12) 4 - 4 Tie
3rd Period
11:28OTT Bobby Ryan (18) ASST: Cody Ceci (15), Mika Zibanejad (23) 5 - 4 OTT
19:41OTT EN - Kyle Turris (19) ASST: Mark Stone (31), Milan Michalek (21) 6 - 4 OTT
Three Stars of the Game
Kyle Turris
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 18:00
Bobby Ryan
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 18:00
Jean-Gabriel Pageau
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 14:05
Penalty Summary
1st Period
11:56OTT Eric Gryba  Tripping against  Max Talbot
16:54BOS Adam McQuaid  Hooking against  Erik Condra
2nd Period
05:52BOS Torey Krug  Slashing against  Mika Zibanejad
10:33OTT Kyle Turris  Hooking against  Loui Eriksson
11:12OTT Eric Gryba  Hi-sticking against  Loui Eriksson
3rd Period
15:58BOS Dennis Seidenberg  Delaying Game-Smothering puck
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/3
Faceoff Wins2729
Blocked Shots1614
Penalty Minutes66
11G. CampbellC00-12012:58
17M. LucicL0102013:29
18R. SmithR00-3007:50
20D. PailleL00-10011:36
21L. ErikssonR0102022:49
23C. KellyC0010015:44
25M. TalbotC00-13012:29
27D. HamiltonD01-12023:14
33Z. CharaD00-24025:05
34C. SoderbergC1113017:09
37P. BergeronC01-23018:15
43M. BartkowskiD00-21012:24
44D. SeidenbergD00-20218:58
47T. KrugD1113221:48
51R. SpoonerC20-17014:34
54A. McQuaidD0010218:11
63B. MarchandL00-31017:24
88D. PastrnakR02-12011:30
40T. Rask2631.83958:33
3M. MethotD0030023:05
5C. CeciD0102021:55
6B. RyanR1004018:00
7K. TurrisC2132218:00
9M. MichalekL1224017:43
17D. LegwandC1015012:53
22E. CondraR0214019:06
26M. PuempelL001007:43
27C. LazarR00-11011:43
44J. PageauC1001014:05
46P. WierciochD0000019:41
61M. StoneR0320018:26
62E. GrybaD00-10412:17
65E. KarlssonD0033026:08
68M. HoffmanL00-13012:56
74M. BorowieckiD0000016:09
90A. ChiassonR011208:17
93M. ZibanejadC0101016:54
30A. Hammond3135.88659:50