In the process, the Senators drew within four points of the Bruins for a 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff berth.
Hammond moved to 11-0-1 with a 2-1 overtime win over the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the 12th straight game since Hammond made his debut start in which he allowed two goals or less. That tied a 1938-39 record set by Hall of Famer Frank Brimsek while playing with the Bruins.
Hammond made 35 saves in the win, the seventh time in 12 games he’s faced over 30 shots. The man has earned his free McDonald's.
The Hamburglar was at his best in the third period, turning away 18 shots to preserve the 1-1 tie, as Elias Lindholm and Patrick Wiercioch traded goals.
Then, in overtime, Mark Stone scored his 18th goal on a brilliant assist by Kyle Turris:
Wow … we might need to add an “Assist of the Year” year-end award just for that pass.
The win extended the Senators’ lead over the Florida Panthers, who lost their second straight in a 3-2 defeat to the Montreal Canadiens. Ottawa has 79 points to the Panthers’ 76 points.
But the Bruins’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres opened the door a little more for Ottawa, as Boston moved to 83 points. The Sens are four back with a game in-hand.
Can Hammond and the Senators actually pull this off?
Oh, hey, look at that: Thursday night. In Ottawa. Boston vs. the Senators. That should be fun ...