Another win for “The Hamburgler”, plus updates on your favorite Canadian NHL teams.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The legend of Andrew “The Hamburgler” Hammond keep growing as he backstopped the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Hammond’s record is now 10-0-1 in his first 11 NHL starts, one game shy of the record for allowing two-goals or less in consecutive starts set in 1938 by Frankie Brimsek.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Combined with yesterday’s losses by the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers, the Senators have moved past the Panthers and are five points behind the Bruins for the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference. A fan tossed a burger on the ice following the Senators win to honor Hammond, who reportedly received a gift card for free McDonald’s food for life in Ottawa.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens fans might not think highly of coach Michel Therrien, but Jack Todd notes he’s kept the Habs on the winning track.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, it’s Carey Price who’s kept the Habs on the winning track. Without Price’s Hart and Vezina Trophy-worthy performances, the Canadiens would be jockeying for a wild-card berth. You can see it in the rare games this season when Price’s play is less than stellar.
THE PROVINCE: The return of gritty checking-line forward Brad Richardson has provided a boost to the Canucks.
WINNIPEG SUN: Injuries to the Jets defense corps has allowed little-used blueliner Paul Postma an opportunity to step up.
CALGARY SUN: Among the five burning questions this week for the Flames: How many points will it take to clinch a playoff berth? And can their talented kids keep up their strong play down the stretch?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only the most devoted Flames fan gave this club any chance of making the playoffs. Regardless of how this season ends, the Flames have made significant strides in their rebuilding program and are an entertaining team. Though I’m not a Flames fan, I’m hoping they can clinch a berth.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: As the Oilers prepare to play nine of their final 13 games at home, they’re still lacking a complete-game effort.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Adding to the misery of Edmonton fans is seeing their arch-rival in Calgary doing so well with their rebuilding process while the Oilers continue to wallow in mediocrity.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan doesn’t want the Leafs to call up promising William Nylander. “There is no reason to introduce William Nylander to the mess that is the Maple Leafs”, write Koshan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Nylander will have to be introduced to the mess at some point, perhaps waiting until next season (when the Leafs might not be as big a train wreck as they are right now) could be a better option.