Sens tell fans to stop throwing hamburgers

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Despite the notoriety Hamburglar-inspired burger tossing has received — see: Lazar, Curtis and Roenick, Jeremy — the Ottawa Senators are ready to shut it down.

“We will continue to abide by both our own and the NHL’s policy to work in the best interests of the safety of our fans and the players — which does not permit items being thrown on the ice during play,” Sens director of communications Brian Morris told the Ottawa Citizen. “There will be zero tolerance for any items thrown onto the ice during play.”

As you’ve probably heard and/or seen by now, Sens fans have taken to chucking quite a large number of McDonald’s hamburgers during Andrew “the Hamburglar” Hammond’s improbable hot streak, during which he’s gone 14-0-1 with a 1.67 GAA and .946 save percentage.

That run of tremendous play has vaulted Ottawa into the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference, which in turn has fired up fans. The Sens missed the playoffs last year and, in mid-February, looked as though they would miss again; Ottawa was nine points back of Boston on Feb. 14, which is around the time Hammond took over the crease and went on his remarkable streak.

The Sens have five home games remaining this season and while they’re probably keen to keep the raucous fan support going, they’re also keen on keeping the playing surface free of ketchup and pickles.

“We are treating this seriously enough that we had Erik Karlsson and Marc Methot tape a bilingual message after practice today that will play in tomorrow’s game,” Morris said. “The message will support the above asking fans not to toss anything on the ice during the game.”