Andrew Hammond was cool and calm in the minutes immediately after claiming his first NHL victory in his first big league start Wednesday.

That’s perfectly fitting, given that the Ottawa Senators goaltender was also a picture of composure while stopping 42 shots in the Ottawa Senators 4-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

“It’s extremely satisfying right now,” said Hammond, who was waiting for the moment to completely sink in while standing in the Senators dressing room. “Just thinking about it more, it’s a pretty cool thing and something that is very special to me.”

Hammond, who turned 27 last week, had not played a game anywhere in close to four weeks after being recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to back up for injured Senators goaltenders Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.

He says the first call will go out to parents Sandie and Marshall, who were watching the game on TV in Phoenix, too nervous to make the cross-continent trek to watch their son’s starring performance.

As for his own nerves, he says they disappeared early on.

“Once the puck dropped, I felt really comfortable and every shot that came my way, I just settled in even more. And throughout the game, it just started feeling in the zone, I guess.”

Jean-Gabriel Pageau, recalled again from Binghamton on Tuesday, broke a 1-1 tie with 1:47 left in the second period. In 24 games with the Senators, Pageau has three goals, two of them coming against the Canadiens. He also registered a memorable playoff hat trick against the Canadiens in the 2013 playoffs.

Mark Stone padded the lead to 3-1 on a power play at the 9:27 mark of the third period, jamming a loose puck past Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski, starting in place of number netminder Carey Price, a leading candidate for NHL most valuable player honours.

Stone’s goal was necessary as Nathan Beaulieu narrowed the gap to 3-2, scoring his first NHL goal with 5:35 remaining.

Hammond held his ground from there and Kyle Turris salted the game away, scoring into an empty net after Stone intercepted a P.K. Subban pass at the Senators blue line.

The Senators and Canadiens may be worlds apart in the standings – Montreal prepping for the post-season and Ottawa looking to the future – but electricity was in the air. Along with plenty of nastiness.