Skip to main content

Desjardins' shutout streak ends, but Hamilton cruises past Abbotsford 5-1

HAMILTON, Ont. - Cedrick Desjardins saw his franchise-record shutout streak come to an end, but still finished with 28 saves as the Hamilton Bulldogs cruised past the Abbotsford Heat 5-1 in American Hockey League action on Wednesday night.

Desjardins was beaten late in the third period by Abbotsford winger Riley Armstrong, a goal which ended his shutout streak at 212 minutes 37 seconds. Desjardins fell short of the AHL record of 249:51 set by Johnny Bower for Providence during the 1956-57 season.

Mikael Johansson opened the scoring 2:19 into the second period with his first goal of the season for Hamilton (15-6-5). It was Johansson's first game back after missing more than a month with a groin injury.

Grant Stevenson, who signed as a free agent with Hamilton on Nov. 23, added to the lead with his first of the season, beating Abbotsford netminder Leland Irving on a power play at 13:24. Irving finished with 31 saves for the Heat (14-12-4).

Bulldogs scoring leader Brock Trotter extended the advantage at 15:15 with his seventh of the season, as Hamilton led 3-0 after 40 minutes on the strength of 17 second-period shots.

David Desharnais' goal made it 4-0 at 5:37 of the third period on a man advantage, and Ryan Russell added his team-leading eighth goal at 10:50 while the Bulldogs were shorthanded.

Armstrong's goal with 5:14 left in the game concluded the scoring.



Where the Maple Leafs' Roster Battle Stands With the Preseason Underway

The Toronto Maple Leafs gave every player on their training camp roster a chance to play on Saturday. Which hopefuls improved their odds of making the team, and which didn't?

Carter Hart

NHL Burning Questions: Philadelphia Flyers

Adam Proteau looks at the top questions entering the season for the Flyers, including who needs to step up and where the team goes from here.


Bruins Sign Stralman to PTO

The Boston Bruins added some veteran depth to the training camp roster, signing Anton Stralman to a professional tryout offer.