Best Comeback: Andrew Hammond
Andrew Hammond may have been a stranger to the NHL in 2017-18, but he was no stranger to late-season heroics. Back in 2014-15, the man that became known as the Hamburglar went 20-1-2 down the stretch to get the Ottawa Senators into the playoffs. With Craig Anderson firmly in the starting role, there was no place for Hammond long-term.
He wound up part of the deal that sent Kyle Turris to Nashville & Matt Duchene to Ottawa. Turris had a solid regular season for the Predators & solidified their top six, but Hammond ended up having a bigger impact on this series. His forty-four saves in Game 5 got the Avalanche a rare win for the road team inside Bridgestone Arena.
Hammond had us all worried for a minute. Was he about to go on one of his hot streaks? He wasn’t. Game 6 saw a better performance from Nashville’s offense. He still had a chance to get some eyeballs on him for his upcoming free agency. I can appreciate an underdog, even if they’re going up against my team.