(Video) First NHL Win: Senators’ Hammond stops 42 shots in first NHL start

By Ken McKenna
Andrew Hammond - Ottawa Senators

Photo: Although he has two prior NHL appearances on his resume, Ottawa Senators rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond led his team onto the ice as an NHL starter for the first time, stopping 42 shots in a 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens (courtesy of Jason Kopinski/Icon Sportswire)

 

It was a night of firsts in the Ottawa SenatorsMontreal Canadiens tilt on Wednesday, with the host Senators getting the first NHL win for their 27-year-old goaltender, Andrew Hammond. Hammond turned away 42 of 44 shots on the night to pick up the 4-2 victory in his first NHL start.

Hammond was busy in all three periods, but particularly so in the second stanza where he faced 17 Montreal shots. Perhaps the most challenging of those 17 shots came off of a rush by Canadiens forward, Tomas Plekanec, who pounced on a miscue by Senators defenseman, Erik Karlsson.

After completing his NCAA career at Bowling Green State University, Hammond signed a contract with the Senators and began his pro career in the 2013-14 season with the Binghamton Senators of the AHL. In 25 games for Binghamton this season, Hammond has posted a 3.51 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.

Full game highlights from the Senators’ win can be viewed below.

 

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