Flyers Update: Hart Returns, Stops 30 in 4-1 Win Over Panthers
Monday night in Philadelphia, the Flyers saw the return of their starting goaltender, 21-year-old Carter Hart. For the first time, he wore his brand new mask, a tribute to the late Ray Emery – the former Flyers goalie who passed away a few years ago.
After allowing a goal on the Panthers’ opening shot of the game from Mackenzie Weegar, Hart would be perfect for the remainder of the game, turning away 30 Florida Panthers shot attempts. The Flyers rallied back quickly, tying the game before the end of the first period with a beautiful top-shelf wrist shot from Ivan Provorov.
Flyers Gain Control
The second period fell out of the hands of Joel Quenneville‘s team, as the Flyers started taking control, scoring two more goals during this period and limiting the Panthers chances as well as they could. James van Riemsdyk scored his 16th of the season, as well as assisting on Travis Sanheim‘s 8th, giving the Flyers a 3-1 lead headed into the final frame.
Shut Them Down
Despite taking 5 minor penalties (both teams had some highly questionable calls in this one), the Flyers held Florida off the board for the remainder of the game. They just couldn’t solve Carter Hart. Specifically, Jonathan Huberdeau, who is no stranger to lighting the lamp, missed a wide-open net in the final minutes of the game, which led to a Claude Giroux shorthanded empty-net tally. Philadelphia beat their former goaltender and two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky, 3 times on 34 shots. Neither team managed to capitalize on any of their five powerplay opportunities.
Flyers Stars of the Game (According to Us)
Third Star: Ivan Provorov (1G) – Provorov scored the Flyers opening goal of the game, and as usual, was on the ice more than anyone else, playing 25:22.
Second Star: James van Riemsdyk (1G, 1A) – JVR has had his ups and downs this season, but with two points on the night, he now sits at fifth on the team and third in goals.
First Star: Carter Hart (30 saves, .968%)
On the Horizon
The Flyers will take on the New York Islanders in the second half of a back-to-back for them, who beat the Capitals 5-3 Monday night. The Islanders are currently one point ahead of the Flyers in the standings, sitting in the third spot of the Metropolitan Division.
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