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Hammond named NHL's Third Star

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond is once again being recognized by the NHL for his continued strong play over the past week as he was named the league's Third Star of the Week for the week ending March 15th.

From the NHL...

THIRD STAR – ANDREW HAMMOND, G, OTTAWA SENATORS

Hammond posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.30 goals-against average and .957 save percentage to pull the Senators (33-24-11, 77 points) within five points of the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. He made 27 saves in a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens March 12. Hammond followed that performance with 34 stops in a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders March 13. He capped the week by denying 27 shots – as well as all three attempts he faced in the shootout – in a 2-1 triumph over the Philadelphia Flyers March 15. The 27-year-old White Rock, B.C., native has gone 10-0-1 since making his first NHL start Feb. 18, allowing two goals or fewer in all 11 games. He is the second goaltender in League history to achieve that feat; Frank Brimsek yielded two goals or fewer in each of his first 12 career starts for the Boston Bruins in 1938-39.

Hammond has had a historical start to his NHL career. His record currently stands at 10-0-1 and he hasn't surrendered more than 2 goals against in a game EVER. That's the second best streak of that nature since the late 1930's.

The Sens return to action on March 17th in Carolina against the Hurricanes.

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