Hart shines in 1st shutout, Flyers top Devils 4-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Carter Hart was sprawled in the crease when he needed every inch of his glove to swat Taylor Hall's shot and stun a high-flying Devils' team riding a 5-on-3 edge.

Hart prevented the score from being tied - and flashed the spectacular potential that showed he's indeed the Flyers' franchise goalie. Hart stopped 25 shots for his first career shutout to lift Philadelphia to a 4-0 win over New Jersey on Wednesday night.

Hart became the youngest goaltender in Flyers' history to record a shutout, at the age of 21 years, 57 days. He topped Dominic Roussel, who shut out Calgary on February 27, 1992, at the age of 22 years, five days.

''Anytime you have a milestone, it is definitely pretty cool,'' Hart said.

Ivan Provorov scored for the Flyers, and so did Kevin Hayes, Sean Couturier and Travis Konecny as part of a three-goal third period in their home opener.

The Flyers played for the first time since they beat the Chicago Blackhawks last week in Prague as part of the NHL's Global Series.

Hart stopped 28 shots in that 4-3 win, and was even better in front of a rowdy crowd playing in his first NHL opening night. Hart had long been pegged as the Flyers goalie of the future and was sensational in spurts at times last season to give the Flyers a flicker of postseason hope.

They missed the playoffs - but Hart has Philly thinking it can wrestle its way into an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

Hart shined in the Philly debut of new coach Alain Vigneault, securing the shutout in his 33rd NHL game. His save on Hall was a game-changer.

''I kind of lost the pass in the middle and then saw him winding up on the side, so I had to quickly push over and stick my arm out and luckily it hit me,'' Hart said.

Vigneault has been known for quick fixes in previous stops and led Vancouver and the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final. Vigneault certainly boasts the credentials that prove he's capable of turning the Flyers into winners. He has coached 16 NHL seasons for the Montreal Canadiens, Canucks and Rangers and his teams have made the playoffs 11 times.

''Everybody could sense the vibe in this building from start to finish,'' Vigneault said. ''It was a great atmosphere and something I want to be part of, the players want to be a part of. It's lifting and it's a lot of fun.''

Hayes and Couturier gave Hart a needed cushion when they scored 24 seconds apart against Cory Schneider in the first minute of play in the third period.

Hayes is another new face expected to play a pivotal role in a potential Flyers' turnaround. Hayes signed a $50 million, seven-year contract and became the Flyers' third-highest paid player behind captain Claude Giroux and winger Jakub Voracek.

The Flyers also paid tribute to former star Wayne Simmonds. The Devils signed Simmonds to a one-year contract after the Flyers traded him to Nashville at the trade deadline. The 31-year-old Simmonds was a huge fan favorite and was wildly popular inside the locker room almost since the moment he was acquired in a 2011 deal with Los Angeles. He scored 23 goals and had 378 points in 584 games with the Flyers and was never afraid to drop the gloves when it was needed. With the Flyers out of the playoff race, they made the tough call to deal him at the deadline.

Simmonds was greeted with hugs and handshakes from familiar arena staff as he made the way from the Devils bus to the locker room.

''I was, what, 22 when I got traded here? Turned 23 before the season and I was just coming in here trying to prove myself as a good hockey player,'' Simmonds said. ''I could have never imagined in my wildest dreams that they would take to me like they did. Obviously, it's an honor and it's nice to have played here.''

Simmonds got a roaring standing ovation when a video tribute played for him that featured testimonials from the Flyers on just how much they loved playing with the forward known as ''Simmer.'' He waved toward the fans in appreciation.

''So many good things have happened for me in this building, so I don't think there's really one that I can probably put my finger on,'' Simmonds said.

NOTES: The Devils fell to 0-2-1. ... Provorov had an assist on Couturier's goal for his 100th career point. ... Gritty held a sign that read ''Lindsey Could do Better'' behind Devils defenseman P.K. Subban. Subban dates ski sensation Lindsey Vonn.

UP NEXT

The Devils host Edmonton on Thursday.

The Flyers start a five-game road trip Saturday at Vancouver.

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STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Bratt RW00000/0012:371
W. Butcher D00-110/0018:351
C. Carrick D00-210/0014:251
B. Coleman LW00011/5213:162
A. Greene D00-110/0016:431
N. Gusev LW00-110/0217:381
T. Hall LW00-250/1020:550
J. Hayden RW00000/2011:322
N. Hischier C00-207/12018:253
J. Hughes C00002/4014:341
K. Palmieri RW00-150/0016:482
K. Rooney C00018/7012:000
D. Severson D00020/0016:301
W. Simmonds RW00030/0015:082
P. Subban D00020/0026:431
S. Vatanen D00010/0218:482
M. Wood LW00010/0210:102
T. Zajac C000011/10019:121
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Braun D00120/0019:041
C. Bunnaman C00010/0007:321
S. Couturier C102612/8219:010
C. Giroux RW01039/4016:590
S. Gostisbehere D00010/0217:121
R. Hagg D00000/0017:176
K. Hayes C10038/9419:131
T. Konecny RW11221/0015:270
S. Laughton C00029/2015:200
O. Lindblom LW01220/0018:580
M. Niskanen D01100/0020:292
T. Pitlick RW00010/0009:212
I. Provorov D11120/0022:280
M. Raffl LW00001/6208:362
T. Sanheim D00120/0020:030
C. Twarynski LW00010/0011:132
J. Voracek RW00030/0016:061
J. van Riemsdyk LW00031/0015:370
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Schneider (L)3443059:55
GOALIESSA
C. Schneider (L)34
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
C. Hart (W)2502560:00
GOALIESSA
C. Hart (W)25
19:49Kyle Palmieri shot on goal (Snap shot)
LEGEND:GoalsShotsGoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • PHI
      11:46GOAL Travis Konecny (Wrist shot)
    • PHI
      57.0GOAL Sean Couturier (Backhand shot), Assists: Oskar Lindblom and Ivan Provorov
    • PHI
      33.0(PP) GOAL Kevin Hayes (Snap shot), Assist: Claude Giroux
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • PHI
      09:52(PP) GOAL Ivan Provorov (Slap shot), Assists: Matt Niskanen and Travis Konecny
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • PHI
        16:35Shayne Gostisbehere penalty Slashing - 2 min.
      • NJ
        05:09Blake Coleman penalty Hooking - 2 min.
      • NJ
        20.0Sami Vatanen penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • PHI
        17:29Kevin Hayes penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
      • PHI
        17:29Sean Couturier penalty Delay of Game - 2 min.
      • PHI
        13:33Michael Raffl penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • PHI
        11:45Kevin Hayes penalty Tripping - 2 min.
      • NJ
        07:59Nikita Gusev penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • NJ
        09:29Miles Wood penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    NJ
    PHI
    Shots on Goal2534
    Goals in Power Play02
    Faceoff Wins2941
    Penalties45
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties45
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    NJ
    Shots on Goal25
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins29
    Penalties4
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties4
    Misconducts0
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    STARS OF THE GAME
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Bratt RW00000/0012:371
    W. Butcher D00-110/0018:351
    C. Carrick D00-210/0014:251
    B. Coleman LW00011/5213:162
    A. Greene D00-110/0016:431
    N. Gusev LW00-110/0217:381
    T. Hall LW00-250/1020:550
    J. Hayden RW00000/2011:322
    N. Hischier C00-207/12018:253
    J. Hughes C00002/4014:341
    K. Palmieri RW00-150/0016:482
    K. Rooney C00018/7012:000
    D. Severson D00020/0016:301
    W. Simmonds RW00030/0015:082
    P. Subban D00020/0026:431
    S. Vatanen D00010/0218:482
    M. Wood LW00010/0210:102
    T. Zajac C000011/10019:121
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Braun D00120/0019:041
    C. Bunnaman C00010/0007:321
    S. Couturier C102612/8219:010
    C. Giroux RW01039/4016:590
    S. Gostisbehere D00010/0217:121
    R. Hagg D00000/0017:176
    K. Hayes C10038/9419:131
    T. Konecny RW11221/0015:270
    S. Laughton C00029/2015:200
    O. Lindblom LW01220/0018:580
    M. Niskanen D01100/0020:292
    T. Pitlick RW00010/0009:212
    I. Provorov D11120/0022:280
    M. Raffl LW00001/6208:362
    T. Sanheim D00120/0020:030
    C. Twarynski LW00010/0011:132
    J. Voracek RW00030/0016:061
    J. van Riemsdyk LW00031/0015:370
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Schneider (L)3443059:55
    GOALIESSA
    C. Schneider (L)34
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Hart (W)2502560:00
    GOALIESSA
    C. Hart (W)25
    STARS OF THE GAME
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    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Bratt RW00000/0012:371
    W. Butcher D00-110/0018:351
    C. Carrick D00-210/0014:251
    B. Coleman LW00011/5213:162
    A. Greene D00-110/0016:431
    N. Gusev LW00-110/0217:381
    T. Hall LW00-250/1020:550
    J. Hayden RW00000/2011:322
    N. Hischier C00-207/12018:253
    J. Hughes C00002/4014:341
    K. Palmieri RW00-150/0016:482
    K. Rooney C00018/7012:000
    D. Severson D00020/0016:301
    W. Simmonds RW00030/0015:082
    P. Subban D00020/0026:431
    S. Vatanen D00010/0218:482
    M. Wood LW00010/0210:102
    T. Zajac C000011/10019:121
    Total0002529/418-24
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Braun D00120/0019:041
    C. Bunnaman C00010/0007:321
    S. Couturier C102612/8219:010
    C. Giroux RW01039/4016:590
    S. Gostisbehere D00010/0217:121
    R. Hagg D00000/0017:176
    K. Hayes C10038/9419:131
    T. Konecny RW11221/0015:270
    S. Laughton C00029/2015:200
    O. Lindblom LW01220/0018:580
    M. Niskanen D01100/0020:292
    T. Pitlick RW00010/0009:212
    I. Provorov D11120/0022:280
    M. Raffl LW00001/6208:362
    T. Sanheim D00120/0020:030
    C. Twarynski LW00010/0011:132
    J. Voracek RW00030/0016:061
    J. van Riemsdyk LW00031/0015:370
    Total4503441/2910-19
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Schneider (L)3443059:55
    GOALIESSA
    C. Schneider (L)34
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    C. Hart (W)2502560:00
    GOALIESSA
    C. Hart (W)25
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
    • 2ND PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

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