SAN JOSE, Calif. - Led by a fill-in goalie, the Ottawa Senators are playing their best hockey of the season. For the San Jose Sharks, things haven't been this bad in years.
Andrew Hammond made 28 saves to keep Ottawa in the game early and Mike Hoffman scored a power-play goal to break a tie midway through the third period to lead the Senators to their fifth straight win, 4-2 over the reeling San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.
CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks acquired centre Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night for a first-round pick this year and defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck.
The 32-year-old Vermette will help replace Patrick Kane, the star Chicago forward who broke his left collarbone Tuesday night and will be out at least until late May.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Jaroslav Halak had a chance at a shutout and an empty-net goal in the final minute against the Calgary Flames. He had to settle for a prominent place in the New York Islanders' record book.
Halak set the team mark with his 33rd win of the season, and Ryan Strome and Cal Clutterbuck provided just enough offence to lift New York to a 2-1 victory over the Flames on Friday night.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - With each gritty victory, Andrew Hammond's NHL success story gets a bit more preposterous. And the Ottawa Senators' playoff hopes become slightly less improbable.
Hammond made 35 saves to earn his second consecutive shutout in his fourth career start, and the Senators snapped the Los Angeles Kings' eight-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory Thursday night.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Montreal Canadiens have become so accustomed to Carey Price's recent stellar play, they didn't talk much about him after their latest win.
Instead, on this night, Montreal players and coaches were beaming about a rookie scoring his first two goals and the strong play by defencemen P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - With their top two scorers missing, Chris Stewart and the Buffalo Sabres scored their most goals in three months.
"We came at them in waves," Stewart said. "It was probably one of the few games this year that we've had four lines rolling top to bottom."
Stewart had a goal and an assist, and Torrey Mitchell scored a pair of goals as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 on Thursday night.
SUNRISE, Fla. - The Florida Panthers acquired Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for a second-round pick in June and either Florida or Minnesota's third-round pick in 2016.
Jagr had 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games this season for New Jersey. His playing time has been cut recently and he has gone eight games without a point.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Andrew Hammond's road to the NHL was longer than for most goalies. Now that he has arrived, he is determined to stay for a while.
Hammond made 25 saves to earn his first NHL shutout in his third career start, leading the Ottawa Senators to a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
He gave the credit to his teammates, who blocked 16 shots.
NEWARK, N.J. - The Calgary Flames used another comeback to get back into a playoff spot and make the New Jersey Devils' post-season chances that much bleaker.
Sean Monahan scored a power-play goal 35 seconds into the third period and the Flames beat the Devils 3-1 on Wednesday night to move into a Western Conference wild-card spot.
CHICAGO - Blackhawks star Patrick Kane had surgery Wednesday to repair a broken left collarbone, likely sidelining the dynamic forward for the rest of the season unless Chicago makes another deep run in the playoffs.
Team physician Dr. Michael Terry and Dr. Bradley Merk performed the surgery, and Terry said a full recovery will take "approximately 12 weeks."