22-year-old Flyers goalie Carter Hart keeps making history

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — So far, the Stanley Cup Playoffs aren’t phasing Carter Hart. 

Become the seventh goalie in NHL history to win your first three postseason games? Check. 

Bounce back from allowing four goals in Game 2’s loss to Montreal? Check. 

Record back-to-back playoff shutouts — becoming the fourth goalie of all time to do so before turning 23 — while being the second youngest on that list? Check. 

Carter Hart is perfect yet again, leading the @NHLFlyers to a 3-1 series lead while becoming the second-youngest goaltender in NHL history to record consecutive shutouts in the #StanleyCup Playoffs. #NHLStats: https://t.co/h6eyDCxLfM pic.twitter.com/GJrTYSbJVN

— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 18, 2020

Become the third Flyers goalie to have consecutive postseason shutouts? Check. 

5th time in league history a goalie has back-to-back postseason shutouts before 23-years-old.Carter Hart joins Bernie Parent and Michael Leighton as the only goalies in #Flyers history with back-to-back playoff shutouts.

— Dave Uram (@MrUram) August 18, 2020

The 22-year-old is owning the moment, leaving the Flyers one win from doing something they haven’t, since a lot of the athletes and coaches you currently see in Philadelphia weren’t a part of this city’s sports scene. 

Last time the #Flyers won a playoff series, the following athletes weren't a part of Philly sports yet:Fletcher CoxLane JohnsonZach ErtzCarson WentzMalcolm JenkinsJoel EmbiidBen SimmonsBryce HarperAaron NolaJ.T. RealmutoIvan ProvorovTravis KonecnyMany, Many More

— Dave Uram (@MrUram) August 19, 2020

Last time the #Flyers won a playoff series:-Doug Pederson was the #Eagles quarterbacks coach.-Joe Girardi was the manager of the #Yankees.-Alain Vigneault was coaching the #Canucks.-No one in Philadelphia ever heard of Brett Brown.

— Dave Uram (@MrUram) August 19, 2020

“There’s no doubt Carter’s a huge part of this,” Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said after his team’s 2-0 Game 4 win over Montreal, putting them up 3-1 in this best of seven first-round series. “We’re not playing perfect hockey and, without a doubt, when we do make mistakes, he’s been able to get that big save for us.”

Hart stopped 29 shots Tuesday, with seven of them coming in the first period, 10 in the second, and 12 in the third. 

“Hartsy’s been an absolute wall for us back there,” defenseman Phil Myers said. “He’s so calm. The way he’s playing right now, he’s the best in the league.” 

Hart’s demeanor makes him seem a lot older and much more experienced than someone who turned 22 last week. While he’s been essential in this series, the young goalie recognizes his teammates in front of him are playing big roles: blocking shots on defense. 

“Especially that one with (defenseman Robert Hagg), they’re really committing there, scary moment, but glad he’s OK, and everybody is just committed to winning right now and battling hard,” he said.

Hart was referring to Hagg appearing to take a Shea Weber slap shot off the helmet in the third period. 

Unreal toughness and sacrifice from Bobby. #AnytimeAnywhere | #PHIvsMTL pic.twitter.com/lyPV8PtBh7

— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) August 18, 2020

Scoring aside — Flyers only have five goals in this series — a lot is going well for this team since the restart. 

Wednesday night, they have a chance to advance to the second round for the first time since 2012. Flyers fans are very hungry to see that happen. ​