Hammond allowed five goals on 37 shots in a 5-0 loss to the Predators on Sunday. With the victory, the Predators won the series 4-2. After a terrific Game 5 performance where he tied a franchise record with 44 saves in a regulation playoff game, Hammond unfortunately showed everyone why he only made one start this season. The Predators scored four goals on 24 shots in the first two periods, which turned this one into a laugher. Two of those goals were of the "leaky" variety, as they snuck under the arm of Hammond. And that came after Hammond caught an early break with a disallowed goal to keep the game scoreless about midway through the first period. Then again, Hammond could have been perfect Sunday and the the Avalanche still wouldn't have won since they didn't muster up any offense.
Hammond will be the home starter for Game 6 against the Predators on Sunday, NHL.com reports. Despite not having a playoff start since 2015, Hammond kept the Avalanche's season alive with an electrifying 44-save (one goal) performance in Game 5 to make the series 3-2. Hammond will likely need another stellar performance Sunday to even up the series, but he's shown that the stage isn't too big for him.
Hammond turned aside all but one shot to keep his team's season alive, earning a 2-1 win over Nashville on Friday in Game 5. Hammond hadn't started a playoff game since 2015, but he was brilliant when the Avalanche needed him most. He didn't give up a single goal off a stick, as the Predators' one tally came off Nick Bonino's skate. This performance was anything but expected, though it was a welcome sight and a major payoff for anyone who took a chance on the Hamburglar.
Hammond will guard the goal when the Avalanche visit the Predators for Game 5 on Friday. Hammond stepped in for Jonathan Bernier after he exited with a nagging lower-body issue, stopping each of the eight shots he faced to keep the Avalanche within striking distance in Game 4. The loss dropped Colorado behind 3-1 in the series, but Hammond will do his best to keep the team alive Thursday in Smashville. Without Bernier available for the contest, Spencer Martin will likely serve as the backup.
Hammond entered in the third period following Jonathan Bernier's (lower body) exit because of injury, making eight saves on eight shots in a 3-2 loss to Nashville in Game 4 of the Western Conference quarterfinals Wednesday. Hammond likely earned himself a shot at taking down the Predators in Game 5 by keeping the Avalanche's deficit from getting any worse. He's a capable backup and lower-body injuries like the one Bernier suffered are not usually the type that allow a recovery within two days. Odds are, he'll have the unenviable task of trying to stop the Predators -- and keep the season alive for Colorado -- in Game 5.
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