The Philadelphia Flyers entered the back of the 2019-2020 season riding one of the best hot streaks the team has seen in years. The offense clicked, the defense stepped up, but most importantly, it looked like they found their long term answer in net with the young goalie and impenetrable brick wall Carter Hart. Then the shutdown happened, and we weren’t sure if we were going to see what this team could do in the playoffs.
With the announcement of NHL Bubble Cities and the season’s continuation, there was a cautious approach to the expectations the fan base laid on this 22-year-old kid. We have seen in the past what heaping city-sized expectations onto young goalies tend to turn out. But ever since the Flyers entered the Bubble, not only has the team picked up where they left off, they’re going above and beyond. And it all starts with the Hart of this team.
The Immovable Object
As the Seeding Games in the Bubble started, it was time to see how the layoff would affect the Flyers and their young netminder, who spent much of the season as a 21-year-old. Hart not only picked up where he left off, but he has exceeded all expectations. For a majority of their previous series against the Montreal Canadiens, Hart has been a brick wall. Through his stellar play, combined with the team defense in front of him and the offense pulling their weight, the Flyers entered the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the number one seed — something they haven’t accomplished since 2000.
After giving up five goals in the second game of the opening round series, Hart shut the door with back to back shutouts, leading to an eventual 4-2 series win. With the biggest names on the offensive side, such as Kevin Hayes and Claude Giroux, struggling to score, Hart has put the team on his back as they march towards Lord Stanley’s Cup. Every Stanley Cup-winning team had a steady, if not spectacular presence in the net when they won the Cup. Hockey is infinitely easier when you have a goalie that always puts your team in an excellent position to win.
Whether the young shoulders of Carter Hart can hold the weight of the expectations of a city that has waited for another Stanley Cup parade down Broad Street since 1975 is still unclear. However, everything he has shown us so far indicates he is ready for the challenge. But for now, his next task will be slowing down the New York Islanders to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
To show their support, fans in Philadelphia can have custom signs made to celebrate Carter Hart and the Flyers’ playoff push, as well as replica hockey trophies for Philadelphia’s hopeful Stanley Cup victory. No matter how you plan on repping the Broad St. Bullies, you can contact Spike’s Trophies so we can help you show your support!