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:
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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.