Flyers rout Nashville Predators 3-1; Hart and Farabee dominate
Philadelphia is just on fire right now. The Phillies completed a legendary comeback while the under-skilled Flyers that everyone had written off pulled out yet another win.
Carter Hart stopped 31 of 32 in what should’ve been a shutout performance and Joel Farabee finally got on the scoring sheet in a big way posting three points.
Built to hold a lead
One of my biggest Flyers talking points of late is how promising seeing this team comeback is because I believe they are built to hold a lead. The chippy, hard-working style they play in front of Carter Hart wears teams down and it’s similar formula to that of the Barry Trotz’s Islander teams.
They lack dynamic offensive skill and are aware of that. Getting off to a fast start and easing pressure from Hart seemed like the key for this team to win any games this season, so seeing this much fight early on even when down is promising.
Tonight is an example on what they could when they get out in front and let Hart settle in. They were outshot 10-3 during the first period but scored first on a quick shot by Kevin Hayes from Joel Farabee.
First 1-0 lead of the season.— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) October 23, 2022
Carter Hart settled in and the Flyers weathered the storm. Nick Seeler then fought Cole Smith to get the boys going.
John Tortorella made sure to meet Nick Seeler at the tunnel, respecting the defenseman’s fight. pic.twitter.com/j1EwjCSJc4— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) October 23, 2022
Joel Farabee has arrived
We’ve all been waiting for a game like this out of Joel Farabee. Coming off of a disc replacement surgery nobody expected him to be in game shape right away, but he is better than what he showed in his recent performances.
He quickly got his first point of the year on the assist to Hayes, then he got a secondary assist on MacEwen’s first of the season to go up 2-0 at the end of the first.
MacEwen snags his first on the year assisted by Zamula and Farabee.— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) October 23, 2022
Make that two points on the night already for Joel Farabee.
The Flyers rode this momentum all the way into the third where Joel Farabee sniped the 3-0 dagger to send everyone in Bridgestone Arena home. That’s how you stamp a big night.
3-0. Three points for Joel Farabee.— TLY (@TheLibertyYell) October 23, 2022
Carter Hart’s Elite Start
Just look at those numbers. 4-0-0, 1.75 GAA, and a .949 save percentage. I don’t care that it’s only four games he has been completely dominant. It sucks to see him lose the shutout tonight but make no mistake he gave Nashville no chance.
Tortorella is forming the system around him, so as time goes on I don’t fear the usual drop off we’ve seen from Hart around the December-ish mark. It may be the hopeful in me, but this could be the year he truly takes off if the team continues to give him a chance like they have.
He’s the X-Factor in this timeline of getting out of mediocrity. We go as he goes, and naturally he’s led us to the early success we are seeing here. It’s always been about giving him a actual chance and playing the right way.
Carter Hart standing on his head keeping the Flyers in it yet again pic.twitter.com/ng32ClOH9G— Nasty Knuckles (@NastyKnuckles) October 23, 2022
The Flyers have again taken the first game of a back-to-back and look to the 1-6 San Jose Sharks at home. They managed to go 2-1-0 in that challenging road trip, now let’s hope they can handle business at home against a struggling team.
Mandatory Credit: Philadelphia Flyers