Carter Hart pulled as Flyers win shootout vs Sabres
Carter Hart was yanked for the third time this season as the Flyers needed a comeback win last night to beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 in a shootout. Buffalo entered the night with an NHL-low 15 points and seven straight losses. The Flyers were able to avoid a third straight loss and overcome two-goal deficits twice during the game.
There’s no way around it. Carter Hart looked out of sorts on Tuesday night for the Flyers. Hart, who is 6-5-3 with a 3.61 goals-against average, has struggled throughout the year. Brian Elliot entered the game and converted 11 saves on 12 shots over the final two periods for the Flyers.
Hart is definitely having a down year. Luckily for the Flyers, they have two solid goalies and Elliot has proved to be a viable second option while Hart figures himself out in net. No, Carter Hart isn’t the next Carson Wentz. The Philadelphia “media” can give that a rest. Quite frankly, I won’t even acknowledge it any further than that.
There were some positive takeaways from last night’s comeback win. Shayne Gostisbehere scored his fourth goal in the last eight games to force overtime. The goal came on the power play with under six minutes left in regulation. It finally looks like we have the old Ghost back, who struggled in 42 games last season, only scoring a total of five goals.
The Flyers power play finished 1 for 4, which is definitely an improvement after a stretch of 6 for 47 since February 1st. If you’re feeling nice, you could credit two goals last night (third and fourth) to the power play. Claude Giroux scored just as a man advantage opportunity expired in the second period.
The Flyers will finish their four-game home stretch with two games against the Capitals on Thursday at 7 pm and Saturday at 7 pm. Both games will be on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Mandatory Credit: The Philadelphia Inquirer