Hamilton gets nod

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Dougie Hamilton has played in some big games. Last year, Hamilton appeared in 20 OHL playoff games for Niagara, his junior team. Hamilton won a gold medal with Team Canada in the 2012 World Junior Championship.

But prior to Saturday night, Hamilton had never appeared in an NHL playoff game.

“It’s definitely pretty cool,” the defenseman said. “It’s definitely weird looking back on it. I think I’ve gotten a lot better in a year. I’m just looking forward to this opportunity.”

Hamilton was a healthy scratch in Game 1 against the Maple Leafs. Hamilton made his NHL playoff debut because of the one-game suspension given to Andrew Ference for his illegal check to Mikhail Grabovski’s head in Game 1. Hamilton played alongside Wade Redden on the No. 3 pairing. Hamilton also took some shifts as Zdeno Chara’s partner.

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