The Ottawa Senators very well could give their fans a playoff berth. That’s to be determined.
But for those fans who attended Saturday’s game between the Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs, they get a free regular hamburger at any participating McDonald’s restaurant because the Senators came away with an important 5-3 victory over their provincial rivals.
From the Senators:
The Ottawa Senators and McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada announced today that if the Senators win tonight’s 7 p.m. game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, fans will be able to redeem their ticket for a free regular hamburger at participating McDonald’s restaurants in the Ottawa and Gatineau area on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Tonight’s hamburger promotion is in addition to the “Big Mac® Minute”, which provides fans attending Senators games at Canadian Tire Centre with the opportunity to redeem their ticket for a free Big Mac if the Senators score a goal in the final minute of the third period. If the Senators score in the final minute of the third period and win the game, fans would be able to redeem their ticket for both a hamburger and a Big Mac.
Now, that’s all well and good.
But the Senators have been on a roll. And it looks like they’re having fun, too. Hamburgers thrown on the ice in salute to goalie Andrew Hammond, known as The Hamburglar, and rookie Curtis Lazar picking one up off the ice and chowing down?
Their win versus Toronto moves them to within one point of the Boston Bruins — Boston lost to Florida in a shootout — for the final Wild Card spot in the East.
The Senators have now won six in a row and nine of their last 10 games. And Hammond, he just continues to pile up the wins as the unlikely goalie hero in Ottawa.
The Boston Bruins should be feeling the pressure right about now.
They were unable to get two points against the Florida Panthers, losing 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday. And, just a few minutes before that result became a final, the Ottawa Senators beat the Toronto Maple Leafs to inch even closer to the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference, currently held precariously by the Bruins.
Brandon Pirri scored the winner in the shootout, while Roberto Luongo stopped all three Boston attempts.
The Bruins now lead the Senators by a single point for the Wild Card but Ottawa has a game in hand. The Panthers are hanging in there, just four points back.
“Was a tight game like it was supposed to be, but we’re basing ourselves on results, and we got a point — we want to get two,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien, as per the club’s Twitter account.
Making matters worse for the Bruins is the fact defenseman Dougie Hamilton didn’t play the third period, leaving the game with an undisclosed injury.
Ray Emery was supposed to be the back-up for the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Steve Mason was listed as the starter.
But when the puck dropped between the Flyers and Edmonton Oilers, Emery was in net and Mason wasn’t even on the bench, according to reports.
Rude welcome to the game for Emery, who allowed a goal from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins just 51 seconds into the first period.
Updated: Mason was back on the bench for the second period. According to reports, he felt sick during warm-up.
The Boston Bruins were without defenseman Dougie Hamilton in the third period of Saturday’s game against the Florida Panthers.
The 21-year-old Hamilton, who recorded his 32nd assist of the season on Boston’s tying goal in the second period, left the game with an undisclosed injury, the Bruins announced via Twitter.
New York Rangers forward Jesper Fast picked up a breakaway pass that was behind him, turned, and fired top corner all in one swift motion for his fourth goal of the season, giving his team the lead over the Carolina Hurricanes in the second period.
And the 23-year-old Fast made it look so smooth and simple, too. Have a look: