Hammond and Dubnyk Among NHL 3 Stars for March
Ottawa netminder Andrew Hammond was named the NHL’s first star for March, with Devan Dubnyk also honoured.
Hammond went 10-1-1 to help the Senators launch a late assault on 8th placed Boston, becoming only the second goaltender in NHL history to give up two or fewer goals in each of his first twelve career starts.
The 27-year old was also the first netminder since Patrick Lalime in 1996/97 to secure at least one point in each of his first 15 career starts, posting a 2.09 GAA and .930 save percentage during the month.
Hammond’s record now stands at 15-1-1, with the British Columbia native helping the Sens secure a vital shoot out victory over Detroit last night, keeping the franchise within 3 points of a wild card spot.
Minnesota’s Devan Dubnyk was awarded the third star for the month, behind Calgary winger Jiri Hudler.
Dubnyk led the league with 11 wins during March, as the Wild went 11-3-0 to gain a foothold on the Western Conference’s first wild card slot, and was also named the first star for the week ending March 29th.
The Regina native has started all 34 games since joining the club on January 15th, and now ranks second behind only Carey Price in goals-against-average (2.05) and save percentage (.930) – setting a new career high of 35 wins.
Minnesota are currently two games in to a five game road trip, and head to New York tomorrow to face Henrik Lundqvist and the Eastern Conference leading Rangers.