Saturday, June 19

Flyers’ Carter Hart caps first playoff series win with ‘special’ moment

Carter Hart couldn’t stay completely cool as he finished his skate through the handshake line Friday night. He had just gotten the better of his hockey hero in a playoff series, and the two men were about to meet at the blue line.

Hart’s expression, and his attention to Price’s words, told the story of what he was feeling:

“[Price] said, ‘Hell of a series’ and he’ll be watching,” Hart told reporters, per The Associated Press. “Pretty special and definitely something I won’t forget.”

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The 22-year-old Hart earned that moment with his effort in Philly’s clinching 3-2 victory in Game 6. He stopped 31 of 33 Montreal shots, giving him a .936 save percentage for the series. His two shutouts canceled out rough outings in Games 2 and 5.

Price finished his series with a .926 save percentage, but he allowed three goals on just 17 shots Friday. The first two goals came in the first 5:23 of the game. With Hart doing his thing in net, Philly never trailed.

The East’s top playoff seed moves on to a second-round matchup with the division-rival Islanders. Hart was not good in his lone appearance against New York in the regular season; he allowed five goals on 14 shots in a Philadelphia loss on Oct. 27.

Then again, that was almost 10 months ago in the NHL’s marathon 2019-20 campaign. So much has happened since then, starting with Hart’s memorable first playoff series victory.

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