Yesterday was a time of celebration for Philadelphia fans. Not only did the Atlanta Braves get blown out in the MLB playoffs but more importantly for us at The Point, prized goalie prospect Carter Hart recorded his first career shutout for the Flyers. After rotating through a record-setting 8 starting goaltenders last season, this year Hart is the unquestioned number 1 goalie and he’s off to a good start.
Hart was on top of his game against the Devils, highlighted by a highlight-reel glove save on what looked like a certain goal by Taylor Hall during a 5 on 3.
That shot by Taylor Hall had an expected goal value of nearly 23 percent. That might not sound very high, but there have only been a handful of shots this season with a higher expected goal value that haven’t gone in. Truly, a mind-boggling save.
That was one of his 11 saves on Devils shots from the slot on the night. In the end, his 25-save performance made him the youngest goalie in Flyers history to record a shutout. For a franchise that has lacked a true star goalie for the last few decades, this is a breath of fresh air the fans hope will last for a long time.