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Hammond, Senators surging toward playoff berth

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Ottawa Senators goalie Andrew Hammond joined NHL Live to discuss the Senators' thrilling run to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Andrew Hammond
Goalie - OTT
RECORD: 18-1-2
GAA: 1.91 | SVP: .937
Ottawa (41-26-13) is 21-4-4 since Feb. 10, when it was 14 points out of a playoff position, and "The Hamburglar" has been a big reason behind the surge. The Senators are one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins, who hold the first wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

"Whether it had very much to do with me or not, I think the team just started playing a certain way that makes us successful," Hammond said. "The wins and the streak we've been able to go on has been incredible. We've just kind of taken on this attitude that we're not done until we're officially done. I think that started way back when, when we were 10-12 points out, and we just continued with that.

"We're obviously on the outside looking in a little bit but I think the attitude of everyone in the room is if we're not going to make it we're going to at least go down swinging."

Hammond, the NHL's First Star for March, is 18-1-2 with a 1.91 goals-against average and .937 save percentage since his season debut on Feb. 16. He made 25 saves in the Senators' 4-3 come-from-behind overtime win against the Penguins on Tuesday to keep their playoff hopes alive.

"I don't want to call it status quo, but we feel the same way we did before the game and that's kind of the way we've been playing as of late," Hammond said. "We just feel like we're a really resilient group right now and I think [Tuesday] night maybe in a little bit of a nutshell just proved it."

The Senators play their final two games on the road beginning Thursday at the New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, MSG).

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