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Hammond named NHL's First Star of the Month

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Sens goaltender Andrew Hammond has been named the NHL's First Star of the Month of March after compiling a record of 10-1-1 in 12 appearances with the Ottawa Senators during the past 31 days.

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FIRST STAR – ANDREW HAMMOND, G, OTTAWA SENATORS

Hammond went 10-1-1 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .930 save percentage to help the Senators (38-26-12, 88 points) complete an 11-3-2 March and climb within three points of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He allowed two or fewer goals in nine of his 12 appearances, including his first seven of the month. With his run, Hammond became the second goaltender in NHL history to yield two or fewer goals in each of his first 12 career starts (Frank Brimsek: 1938-39). Hammond also improved to 14-0-1 before suffering his first career regulation loss March 26 vs. NYR, becoming the first goaltender to record at least one point in each of his first 15 career starts since Patrick Lalime in 1996-97 (14-0-2). The 27-year-old White Rock, B.C., native has appeared in 18 games this season, compiling a 1.85 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and two shutouts. That includes an 8-0-1 record on the road, where he has a 1.08 goals-against average, .964 save percentage and both shutouts.

As mentioned above, the Hamburglar tied Frank Brimsek's 76 year-old record of allowing 2 goals or less in his first 12 NHL starts.

Earlier today, the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association announced that Andrew Hammond had been nominated by the Ottawa Chapter of the PHWA for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Hammond and the Sens return to action on Thursday in Ottawa against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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