Rookie forward Mark Stone and goalie Andrew Hammond were once again the heroes for the Senators.
Stone scored two goals, including the game winner, stealing the puck from Flyer’s forward Jakub Voracek and firing a shot through the legs of Flyer’s goalie Steve Mason late in the third period. Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the other goal for Ottawa. Hammond the Hamburglar silenced the Flyer’s home crowd with another sensational performance in goal.
Hammond stopped 34 shots on the night and has been the Senator’s savior throughout this playoff race. Hammond has a record of 20-1-2 since taking over in goal for Ottawa in February. According to the Associated Press the Senators finished the season with a record of 23-4-4 over their final 31 game span.
As a result, the 27 year old will get the opportunity to play his first ever playoff game in the Eastern Conference Playoffs next week.With the two goals rookie forward Stone ties Flames forward Johnny Gudreau for rookie scoring this season. The Senators playoff opponent has yet to be determined.
I can’t wait to see how Hammond will perform in the playoffs and if Stone can continue tallying points into the playoffs. Regardless, the Ottawa Senators have silenced the doubters by claiming a playoff spot and look confident heading into the playoffs.
Despite losing their final game of the season, Flyer’s GM Ron Hextall still has plenty of positives to take into the off season. Flyer’s forward Voracek finished in the league scoring race with 81 points. Wayne Simmons scored goals consistently before getting injured and team Captain Claude Giroux also finished strongly with 73 points to his name. Goalie Steve Mason put together several solid performances late in the season and will likely continuing improving as the Flyer’s number one goalie.