Andrew Hammond distinguished himself Thursday as the sixth player in Senators' history to wear No. 30 and owner of the best nickname for an Ottawa goalie since The Dominator.

It was the design on his mask that prompted reporters to ask after the morning skate how he became "Hamburglar".

"It was a nickname given to me by one of my (Bowling Green) college teammates (Wade Finegan) for eating up pucks," said Hammond, who was summoned from Binghamton to serve as Robin Lehner's backup while Craig Anderson was in Florida for the birth of his second son. "So he called me the Hamburglar. If you look closely, it's not hamburgers on there, it's pucks."

Hammond has eaten a good number of them this season, his first as a pro. In about 500 more minutes of action than Nathan Lawson, he has a 17-12-3-1 record, with a .903 save percentage and a 3.02 goals against average for Luke Richardson's B-Sens, who sit atop the AHL's East Division.

A 26-year-old from Surrey, B.C., Hammond almost quit the game when he was a junior. Now he's glad he didn't.

"Obviously, there have been a lot of ups and downs," he said of his career. "Lately it seems to have levelled off, with a lot more ups.