You know how Lee Corso would predict college football winners with a nod to that team’s mascot? Perhaps Jeremy Roenick can be like Corso for hockey … just hungrier and feistier.
Roenick debated the Eastern Conference playoff race with Mike Milbury on Sunday, choosing “The Hamburglar” Andrew Hammond’s Ottawa Senators over Milbury’s choice of the Boston Bruins in the tastiest fashion possible (updated with working video):
Count this post as one vote for this becoming a running gag.
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.
Hammond looks to remain unbeaten in regulation
Andrew Hammond and the Ottawa Senators will look for a sixth straight win tonight when they play host to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs. Hammond enters the game with a 12-0-1 record to go along with a 1.55 goals-against average since getting called up from Binghamton.
The Sens enter tonight’s action two points back of the Boston Bruins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. Since the last meeting between the Leafs and Senators (Jan. 21), Ottawa is 17-6-2 while Toronto has gone 5-17-3.
James Reimer gets the nod for the Leafs.
Blue Jackets at Flames: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Karri Ramo
Canucks at Kings: Eddie Lack vs. Jonathan Quick
Capitals at Jets: Braden Holtby vs. Ondrej Pavelec
Rangers at Hurricanes: Cam Talbot vs. Anton Khudobin
Islanders at Devils: Jaroslav Halak vs. Cory Schneider
Bruins at Panthers: Tuukka Rask vs. Roberto Luongo
Sharks at Canadiens: Antti Niemi vs. Carey Price
Sabres at Predators: Matt Hackett vs. Pekka Rinne
Blackhawks at Stars: Corey Crawford vs. Kari Lehtonen
Penguins at Coyotes: Marc-Andre Fleury vs. Mike Smith
Flyers at Oilers: Steve Mason vs. Ben Scrivens
It’s fast becoming tradition for Ottawa Senators fans to throw burgers onto the ice in tribute to goaltender Andrew Hammond, who also goes by the nickname “The Hamburglar.” It’s apparently a gesture that Senators rookie forward Curtis Lazar can get behind, although his views might change depending on how things develop over the next few hours.
Lazar was brave enough to grab a hamburger that someone threw onto the ice following Ottawa’s 6-4 victory over Boston and eat it, as you can see below:
“I was hungry, so why not?” Lazar, who specified that the burger was wrapped in plastic, asked TSN’s Ian Mendes.
Senators, Panthers gain on Bruins in tense Wild Card race
The Boston Bruins can’t afford to have many more nights like this. They certainly held their own against the Ottawa Senators and had more success opposing goaltender Andrew Hammond than any of his previous adversaries, but the Bruins still suffered a 6-4 loss tonight. While that was happening Boston’s only other serious rival in the battle for the second Wild Card seed, the Florida Panthers, earned a 3-1 victory against Detroit.
The Bruins still hold their Wild Card spot, but the Senators are now just two points behind despite having played in one less game. Florida is five points shy of the Bruins.
An obvious case can be made that Ottawa is the bigger threat to the Bruins at this point. Not only are the Senators closer in the standings, but they’ve been unreal lately with a 13-1-1 record beginning with Hammond’s first start of the 2014-15 campaign. The Senators have a great opportunity to continue that hot streak on Saturday against the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs, which they will play an additional two times after that contest.
By contrast, Florida has been largely treading water lately, but the Panthers got starting goaltender Roberto Luongo back tonight from a shoulder injury. He turned aside 25 of 26 shots in his return. Luongo’s return should help the Panthers cause, but more importantly, Florida has a golden opportunity to do direct damage to Boston as its scheduled to play against the Bruins three times in its final 11 games. The first of those meetings will occur on Saturday.
Meanwhile the Bruins have now lost three straight games in what has proven to be a roller-coaster season. They’ve come back from some serious cold streaks already in 2014-15, but they likely can’t afford to endure another with the Wild Card race this tight.