Ottawa’s Andrew Hammond, Philly’s Brayden Schenn and Columbus’ Nick Foligno have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending Apr. 5, the league announced on Monday.
Hammond helped the Senators continue their surge for a playoff berth by posting a 3-0-1 record, 1.63 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage as Ottawa (40-26-13, 93 points) finished the week two points behind both Wild Card spots in the Eastern Conference.
Schenn tied for the League lead in points with six (3-3-6) in three games as the Flyers (32-29-18, 82 points) gained five of a possible six points.
Foligno tied for the League lead in goals (4-1-5) in three games, helping the Blue Jackets (39-35-4, 82 points) set a franchise record with wins in nine consecutive contests – the longest winning streak in the NHL in 2014-15.
Just in case you’ve lost track of all the league-awarded hardware Hammond’s reaped over the last two months:
— He was named first star for the week ending Mar. 1.
— He was named the third star for the week ending Mar. 15.
— Unsurprisingly, given the two notes above, he was named the first star of the month for March.
All told, the Hamburglar has now posted a 17-1-2 record with a 1.86 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and two shutouts since making his regular season debut on Feb. 16. So, just to put that in perspective — in the seven weeks Hammond’s played for Ottawa this season, he’s captured star of the week three times and one star of the month.
The Sens remain two points back of the Penguins, Red Wings and Bruins. All four clubs have three games remaining.
With Ottawa’s loss, the Washington Capitals have clinched a berth in the playoffs.
Joffrey Lupul opened the scoring at 3:10 of the first.
After Erik Karlsson scored his 21st of the season to tie it 1-1, James van Riemsdyk gave Toronto a 2-1 lead.
Karlsson becomes the first Senators defenseman in franchise history to record 21 goals in a single season. With his assist on the goal, Kyle Turris established a new career high for points in a season (59).
Mark Stone netted his 22nd of the season 1:09 into the third to force overtime.
#Sens coach Dave Cameron: "We're clawed, we're clawed. We're still alive."
Petr Mrazek starts for Detroit as rotation continues
Jimmy Howard turned aside 22 of 24 shots in regulation en route to a 3-2 shootout win over Minnesota on Saturday, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock announced well in advance that Howard and Mrazek would split Detroit’s goaltending duties this weekend. That’s nothing new for the Wings as Howard’s recent struggles have thrown his status as the team’s number one netminder in question.
The debate was also fueled by Mrazek’s strong play in March (2.18 GAA and .932 save percentage in six games), but he allowed three goals on 25 shots against Boston on April 2.
It remains to be seen if Detroit will enter the playoffs with a clear starting goaltender. Then again, it remains to be seen if Detroit will enter the playoffs at all. A loss against Washington tonight could certainly complicate matters for the Red Wings.
It’s not clear who will play between the pipes for Washington, although it wouldn’t be shocking to see Braden Holtby start on no rest.
Habs at Panthers: No confirmed goaltenders yet for this one, but Carey Price is rested so odds are Montreal will start him. Dan Ellis might get the nod for Florida after Roberto Luongo surrendered four goals on 22 shots on Saturday.
Sens at Leafs: Andrew Hammond vs. Jonathan Bernier