Flyers' Carter Hart posts early save of the year in shutout effort

Arun SrinivasanContributor
It's early, but this Carter Hart save could wind up being one of the best of the year. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
It's early, but this Carter Hart save could wind up being one of the best of the year. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

No one would blame you if you were weary of a Philadelphia Flyers goaltender, but Carter Hart is the real deal and you’ll want to watch every bit of his rise to stardom.

Hart made 25 saves to record the first shutout of his young career, blanking the New Jersey Devils 4-0 on Wednesday night. But one of those stop will stand out above the rest.

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The 21-year-old robbed former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall of a surefire goal, stretching out his glove to get a piece of the puck before it pierced the top corner. Hall was set up on a beautiful pass from 2019 first-overall pick Jack Hughes and wired his release perfectly, but was outdone by the Flyers’ young netminder.

Philadelphia’s inability to find a permanent starting goaltender since the turn of the century has been a running trope but Hart, selected in the second round of the 2016 NHL Draft, has cemented himself as the team’s goalie of both the present and future.

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