Tuesday night, Senators goaltender Andrew ‘Hamburglar’ Hammond made one of the nicest glove saves you’ll see all season. And he did it en route to tying the 76-year-old record for most consecutive starts allowing two goals or fewer to begin a career, previously set by Frank ‘Mister Zero’ Brimsek.
Andrew Hammond‘s run in goal for the Senators is starting to seem like a feel-good Disney movie.
The man affectionately called the ‘Hamburglar’ was at it again Tuesday night for the Senators, and he did what he’s done best since stepping between the pipes for Ottawa in mid-February. With the Senators on a penalty kill early in the third period, Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey found a wide-open Jordan Staal on the opposite side of the ice. Hainsey fired a pass across to Staal, who then proceeded to settle the puck down before wiring it on goal.
The puck looked destined for the back of the net. Or, at least, it did until Hammond came sliding across for a miraculous glove save:
The save kept the score deadlocked at one apiece, and it also set up for Hammond to tie a 76-year-old record set by Frank Brimsek. With 32 stops in regulation, Hammond kept the Hurricanes to one goal. By doing so, even if he would have been scored on in overtime, Hammond tied the record for most consecutive starts allowing two goals or fewer, previously set by Brimsek in 1938-39.
Eventually, Kyle Turris‘ ridiculous move on Ryan Murphy would turn into the overtime winner and Hammond picked up his sixth straight win, moving to 11-0-1 since taking over the starting job in Ottawa.
Hammond will likely get the call Thursday against Boston when he looks to take the record from Brimsek and pull the Senators two points closer to catching the Bruins for the final wild-card spot.