Video: Ottawa native Ryan Spooner scores twice vs. Sens

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Boston Bruins’ forward Ryan Spooner opened the scoring at 1:02 of the second period beating a screened Craig Anderson for his second goal of the season.

Spooner now has at least a point in six straight games.

After Loui Eriksson gave Boston 2-0 lead, Spooner netted his second of the night, and third of the season, for the first multi-goal game of his career.

The 23-year-old now has three goals and four assists during the point streak.

Milan Lucic picked up his 200th career assist on Spooner’s second of the night.

Anderson, who is starting in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 20-21, allowed three goals on 18 shots through two periods.

Goalie nods: Pickard replaces injured Varlamov; Roy says start would be ‘unfair’ to Berra

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All the latest from the blue paint…

Pickard starts, Berra backs up

Having gone 8-3-0 in their last 11, the Avs are on the fringe of playoff contention and —  with a win against Los Angeles and a Jets regulation loss in St. Louis tonight — would be just five points back of the final wild card spot in the Western Conference.

As such, Patrick Roy is replacing injured No. 1 netminder with AHL recall Calvin Pickard, rather than backup Reto Berra.

“It’s very simple. Reto’s been practicing really well and the three games he came in for relief he did a good job for us, but he hasn’t started a game since Nov. 25,” Roy explained, per the Denver Post. “It’d be unfair to put him in a situation like this, such an important game for us.

“All the games Calvin played for us, he played really well. He’s one of the reasons why we’re in the position today of still having a chance to make the playoffs.”

Pickard, 22, is 6-6-3 this year for Colorado, posting  a .936 save percentage and 2.18 GAA. Berra, who has spent most of the season in Roy’s doghouse, had a couple of decent relief outings in February — stopping 22 of 23 shots against the Coyotes and Predators — but didn’t look great in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Minnesota, allowing one goal on four shots after Varlamov left with a lower-body injury.

No word yet on who’ll start for the Kings tonight.

Elsewhere…

Rangers at Isles: Cam Talbot vs. Jaroslav Halak

Stars at Flyers: Kari Lehtonen (probable) vs. Steve Mason

Jackets at ‘Canes: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Cam Ward

Bolts at Habs: Ben Bishop vs. Carey Price

Bruins at Sens: Tuukka Rask vs. Craig Anderson

Jets at Blues: Michael Hutchinson vs. Brian Elliott

Devils at Wild: Cory Schneider vs. Devan Dubnyk

Hammy pulled: Sens say Anderson ‘gives us the best chance to win’ for huge game versus B’s

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Pretty dramatic turn in the Andrew Hammond narrative today — after a scintillating run as Ottawa’s No. 1 netminder, the Hamburglar will sit for a second straight game on Tuesday when the Sens take on the B’s in a game rife with playoff implications.

What’s more, Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron gave strong support for Anderson as his starter:

This development comes one day after Ottawa’s wild 5-4 shootout win over Calgary, a game in which the Sens held a 4-0 lead in the third period before Calgary scored four times in just under 12 minutes to even things up.

While Anderson did surrender the lead, he was hardly at fault as Ottawa’s leaky team defense allowed 46 shots on goal, including 24 in the final frame.

After the contest, Cameron was full of praise for Anderson — who was playing for the first time since Jan. 21 due to a hand injury.

“We give him lots of work. I thought he was real good. Real, real, real good. It’s good to see him back, see him healthy again,” Cameron said, per NHL.com. “I hope he’s not allergic to rubber. He’ll be dead.”

Ottawa’s goaltending situation has become a major storyline over the last two weeks. The club has — somewhat improbably — gone 10-1-2 over its last 13 games and vaulted back into playoff contention, mostly with Hammond in net.

With a regulation win tomorrow, Ottawa could draw to within three points of Boston for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference — with a game in hand on the B’s.

Goalie Nods: Anderson returns for Ottawa

Anderson makes his first start in over a month

Craig Anderson will make his first start since Jan. 21 when the Ottawa Senators play host to the Calgary Flames tonight. Anderson suffered a bruise to his blocker hand during a 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs and hasn’t played since. The 33-year-old is 13-11-7 this season to go along with a 2.37 G.A.A. and a .927 save percentage.

Karri Ramo gets the nod for the Flames.

Elsewhere…

Oilers at Hurricanes: Richard Bachman vs. Cam Ward

Flyers at Devils: Steve Mason vs. Keith Kinkaid

Avalanche at Wild: Semyon Varlamov vs. Devan Dubnyk (unconfirmed)

Rangers at Blackhawks: Cam Talbot vs. Corey Crawford

Report: No contract talks between the Sens and Hammond

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The Ottawa Senators will hold off on contract negotiations with goaltender Andrew Hammond until after the season.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Sens don’t want to “pollute” the 27-year-old with contract talks. Friedman spoke on the subject during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada:

He’s a restricted free agent after this season. He’s a great story. You just check. Are they talking at all to extend him? The answer is no. They don’t want to pollute, was the word I heard, everything that’s going on right now. Don’t bring contract talks into it. They’ll wait until after the season.

Hammond is 7-0-1 with a .954 save percentage and a 1.43 goals-against average in nine games this season helping Ottawa get to within five points of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Prior to joining the Sens, Hammond was 7-13-2 in 25 AHL games posting a 3.51 GAA and an .898 save percentage.