SURGING SENATORS REACH WILD-CARD SPOT WITH WIN AGAINST SHARKS
Facing a 2-1 deficit at the outset of the third period, the Ottawa Senators scored four straight goals, including two in a span of 1:12, to defeat the San Jose Sharks by a score of 5-2. The Senators, who have earned points in 16 of their past 17 games (15-1-1), are 37-24-11 (85 points) and leapfrogged the idle Boston Bruins to take sole possession of the final wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Senators have recorded points in 16 of 17 games for the first time since Feb. 20-March 24, 2007 (11-1-5). Elias also says that Ottawa have won 15 of 17 games for the first time since Oct. 3-Nov. 15, 2007 (15-2-0).
* Andrew Hammond made 29 saves and is 14-0-1 in his first 15 career starts, which includes victories in nine consecutive decisions. Through his 15 starts, Hammond has posted a 1.67 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.
* Elias says that Hammond is the first goaltender in NHL history to earn points in each of his first 15 career starts since Patrick Lalime went 14-0-2 in his first 16 career starts with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1996-97 season.