Hart blocked 39 pucks Thursday in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Bruins. His first two periods were strong, but he faltered in the third. Hart allowed four goals in the last stanza. He's young and one of the emerging upper-tier 'tenders in the NHL, but games like this do happen. Chalk it up to growing pains. Hart will be elite very, very soon.
Hart will be between the pipes for Thursday's road clash with the Bruins, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Hart was given the hook his last time out after giving up four goals on 22 shots against the Sabres, and then saw Brian Elliott get the starting nod versus Buffalo on Tuesday. The 22-year-old will look to get back on track Thursday and will need to perform well to avoid Elliott taking any more starts.
Hart allowed four goals on 22 shots before being replaced by Brian Elliott in Monday's 6-1 loss to Buffalo. After two strong starts to open the season, Hart had a tough go of things Monday against the Sabres. Two of the four goals he allowed came on what appeared to be blown defensive assignments, but the other two were scored from sharp angles that Hart would probably like to have back. It's likely just a bump in the road for the 22-year-old.
Hart will start in Monday's home game against the Sabres, Jordan Hall of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Hart has been impressive to begin the 2020-21 campaign, as he recorded two straight wins against the Penguins while posting a .925 save percentage. Meanwhile, the Sabres opened the year with consecutive losses to the Capitals, registering five goals -- one on the power play -- in the process. Brian Elliott will make his season debut Tuesday in the second straight game against Buffalo.
Hart turned aside 31 shots in Friday's 5-2 win over the Penguins. For the second straight night to begin the season, Hart handled big shot volume without too much trouble while getting plenty of offensive support. The Flyers are looking dominant in the early going, which promises to lead the team's 22-year-old netminder to a win total among the league leaders. Hart should be back in action either Monday or Tuesday when Philly hosts Buffalo for a back-to-back.
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