The 38-year-old scored the game-winning goal and the empty-netter in the third period, pushing his goals total to 19 (along with 40 points in 43 games) this season.
One might describe that as St. Louis converting that negative energy (or snot?) into positive production, but his reliable scoring largely inspired the surprise about his omission in the first place. Whether you call it business as usual or sticking it to the man – including his own GM Steve Yzerman – the under-sized winger helped the Bolts overcome a 33-14 shot disparity to beat Winnipeg 4-2.
It’s going to be interesting to see if Hammond can replicate the success he had last season, when he came out of nowhere to go 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, and finish seventh in Vezina voting.