Andrew Hammond Becomes 5th Goalie to Avoid Loss Through 1st 14 NHL Starts

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 23, 2015

OTTAWA, ON - MARCH 21: Andrew Hammond #30 of the Ottawa Senators controls a rebound against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre on March 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond led his team to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, making him the fifth goalie in NHL history to pick up at least one point in each of the first 14 starts of his career, per Sportsnet Stats.

The 27-year-old rookie sensation has gotten the starting nod in 14 of his 15 games this season after making one appearance off the bench in 2013-14.

Hammond owns a sterling 13-0-1 record along with a .947 save percentage and a 1.65 goals-against average (GAA). If he had played enough games to qualify, Hammond would lead the NHL in save percentage and GAA—categories that are currently topped by Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, who is an overwhelming favorite to win the Vezina Trophy.

Widely known as The Hamburglar, Hammond remarkably allowed two or fewer goals in each of his first 12 starts, tying a record set by Frank Brimsek for the Boston Bruins in 1938-39, per NHL.com.

Hammond looked a bit vulnerable in his last two outings, allowing four goals in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Bruins and then letting in another three during Saturday's 5-3 win over the Leafs.

But the Senators were able to run their winning streak to six games heading into Monday's matchup with the San Jose Sharks.

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Ottawa now sits just one point behind the Bruins for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, with a pair of games in hand—not to mention a torrid hot streak—making the Senators the favorites to claim that spot.

The Florida Panthers are also in the mix, but they trail the Senators by three points and have played one more game.

Regardless of how things ultimately shake out, The Hamburglar's remarkable run has etched its place in Senators lore.