Welcome to the future.
Fans in Philadelphia got a taste of just how bright their goaltending looks Wednesday evening at Madison Square Garden.
Carter Hart appeared in his second straight preseason game Wednesday, as the Flyers played their fourth consecutive exhibition game against a New York team.
Hart relieved Brian Elliott after the first period and stopped 25 of 27 shots to secure the victory.
Some of Hart’s best saves came during the final period where he stymied the New York power play. The Flyers were outshot 18-3 over the final 20 minutes of play, as Hart held down the fort to get the Flyers a second consecutive victory.
Hart outplayed opposing veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who was pulled early in the second period after giving up five goals.
“To come and play in Madison Square Garden and see Hank over there — that was pretty cool,” Hart said, referring to Lundqvist by his nickname. “To be out here in this kind of environment, it’s awesome.”
“Hank is one of the best goalies in the NHL,” Hart said. “I can’t take that away from him. He’ll be probably a future Hall of Famer, so just to skate by him — I know I skated by him in the second period — was pretty cool. It’s giving me goosebumps.”
Hart will likely begin 2018-19 with the Phantoms in the AHL, but if his clutch play against the Rangers is any indication, he’ll soon be a staple in the Philadelphia crease — and for a very long time.