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Red-hot Senators closing in on Bruins

Rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond made 35 saves in Ottawa’s 3-1 victory over the Jets.Marianne Helm/Getty Images

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Andrew Hammond added the Winnipeg Jets to his list of conquered opponents.

The Ottawa rookie made 35 saves, and Kyle Turris had a goal and assist as the Senators beat the Winnipeg Jets, 3-1, on Wednesday night to move within 4 points of the Bruins for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins and Senators play two more times in the final 20 games of the season.

The Senators (28-23-11) completed a 4-0-1 trip, and are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games.

‘‘Unbelievable road trip,’’ Turris said. ‘‘Hammy’s standing on his head for us. I can’t even explain how well he’s playing. It’s unbelievable.’’


Bobby Ryan and Erik Condra also scored for Ottawa, which came off a 3-2 shootout loss on Tuesday at Minnesota.

Hammond is 6-0-1 since his first NHL start on Feb. 18. The 27-year-old goalie was called up from Binghamton of the AHL because of injuries to starter Craig Anderson and backup Robin Lehner.

Hammond made his seventh straight start because Anderson isn’t ready to return from a hand injury.

‘‘I don’t know. It’s tough to explain,’’ Hammond said of his productive run. ‘‘It’s hard work from everyone on the team and, obviously, we have that special feeling now.

‘‘I feel like it’s carrying over game to game where it doesn’t matter the team we’re playing. We feel like we can hang in there and play and be successful.’’

Michael Frolik netted the only goal against Hammond, scoring early in the third period after the Senators built a 3-0 lead.

‘‘He kind of saw a lot of pucks, but he played unbelievable today,’’ Frolik said. ‘‘Hopefully, we’ve got to learn from it and go for the next one.’’

Rookie Michael Hutchinson made his fifth straight start for Winnipeg (32-21-12), but was replaced by Ondrej Pavelec with 8:06 left in the second period after Condra made it 3-0.


Hutchinson stopped 14 shots, and Pavelec made only three saves in relief.

‘‘I thought we played offensively really well,’’ said Hutchinson, who recorded his first regulation loss in nine starts (5-1-3). ‘‘We had a lot of chances and ran into a hot goalie tonight.’’

Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien also left the ice after Condra’s goal and didn’t return because of an upper-body injury. He appeared to favor his right arm during Condra’s scoring play.

The Jets went 2-1-1 on a four-game homestand.

Turris scored the only goal of the first period, his 16th of the season, with a sharp-angle, high shot that beat Hutchinson at 4:59.

Hammond made 15 saves in the opening period, including a stellar one after he quickly moved back into position and stretched out his right pad to deny Andrew Ladd.

‘‘Saves like that can be momentum builders,’’ Hammond said.

Ottawa, which had five shots in the first period, went ahead 3-0 when Ryan and Condra scored 2:47 apart midway through the second.

Ryan’s 17th goal was scored on the power play at 9:07 of the second with Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba in the penalty box for slashing.

Condra made it 3-0 at 11:54 with another one-timer that sent Hutchinson to the bench.

‘‘It’s always tough to get pulled in a game,’’ Hutchinson said. ‘‘That’s one part of goaltending that isn’t too much fun, but it happens and I just have to forget about it and be ready for the next game.’’


Frolik solved Hammond when defenseman Tyler Myers made a backhand pass across the front of the net to Frolik for his 14th of the season at 5:46 of the third.

Newly acquired forward Lee Stempniak earned an assist in his Jets debut.

Ottawa will begin a three-game homestand Friday against Buffalo. Winnipeg starts a four-game trip Saturday at Nashville.