Carter Hart absolutely robbed the Vegas Golden Knights of two points on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Philadelphia Flyers beat Vegas 2-1 on the scoreboard to wrap up the eight-game homestand, but really it was one man who earned the victory, 23-year-old netminder Carter Hart.
Hart set a new career (regular season) high for saves, stopping 47 of the Knights’ 48 shots. Hart’s only other 40-save performance this season came on December 10 in Vegas, when he stopped 41 of 44 to end the Flyers’ first 10-game losing streak.
Now, the Orange and Black are a win away from a bona fide winning streak, having now won consecutive games for the first time since back-to-back wins over the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets following the 13-game losing streak.
New Jersey beat Colorado on Tuesday, putting the Devils a point ahead of the Flyers in the standings. Philadelphia is currently sitting in 27th place, one point up on Ottawa and two points ahead of Buffalo for a spot in the bottom-five.
Chuck Fletcher really needs to get moving and ship out some of the NHL-caliber veterans on this roster and make room for some below replacement-level talent to ensure this horrible season isn’t wasted by a late surge. A phantom injury to Carter Hart wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world either. He certainly earned a vacation tonight.