The accolades keep coming for Carter Hart.
The Flyers' rookie goaltender was named the NHL’s second star of the week Monday after finishing with a perfect 3-0-0 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in helping the Flyers to the league’s longest current winning streak at seven games.
On Saturday, Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock called Hart “incredible” over the final 30 seconds of regulation as the Flyers forced overtime, before winning, 5-4, at the Wells Fargo Center.
Hart is the second Flyers rookie to earn one of the league’s three stars, joining Matt Read, who was recognized for his play during the week ending Nov. 20, 2011.
“It’s a good feeling,” Hart said about being the NHL’s second star. “We are really playing good hockey. I think it’s a byproduct of the level of hockey that we’re playing. Things are staring to click for us as we are finding more consistency in our game.”
Winnipeg winger Jack Roslovic beat out Hart as the league’s No. 1 star following his five-goal week that included a hat trick over the Ducks on Saturday. Roslovic also had the luxury of playing one more game than Hart.
It also helped both players that a majority of the NHL was on the league-mandated bye week right up until the normal schedule picked up with a full slate on Friday.
Hart made a total of 94 saves in victories over the Jets, Bruins and Oilers. Since making his NHL debut on Dec. 18, only Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy and Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck have made more saves than Hart’s 430.
Last week, Hart was also named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for January after finishing with a 6-2-1 mark, 2.33 goals-against average and.933 save percentage.
If the Flyers' 20-year-old netminder can maintain this very impressive pace, you have to believe he can move into the conversation for the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie. Against the Canucks Monday, Hart will face the NHL’s top scoring rookie, Elias Pettersson, who leads all first-year players with 23 goals and 46 points.
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