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Andrew Hammond's 34 saves help Senators clinch playoff berth

04/11/2015 03:22 EDT | Updated 06/14/2015 12:59 EDT
Andrew Hammond made 34 saves, including 14 in the first period, to propel the Ottawa Senators to a Stanley Cup playoff berth Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory in Philadelphia.

The win was the 27-year-old rookie goaltender's 20th since the Senators recalled him from their American Hockey League affiliate.

Hammond finishes the regular season with a 10-0-2 record on the road.

Mark Stone, a candidate for NHL rookie of the year honours, scored the game's opening goal at 6:06 of the first period and completed the scoring with his 26th goal of the season in the third.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau had the other goal for Ottawa, which looked be a playoff longshot a few weeks ago until it started a 22-4-4 run.

The Senators' win means either Tuukka Rask and the Boston Bruins or Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins will have their playoff hopes dashed Saturday evening.

More to come

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