Updated: 11 p.m.
It was Carter Hart mania at the Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night.
The prized prospect deemed goalie of the future made his NHL debut at just 20 years old.
And while the Flyers have struggled and gone through a roller-coaster ride of changes — resulting in an emptier arena compared to years past — fans were noticeably excited to see Hart grace the net.
He received loud cheers when he was announced as the starting goalie. After puck drop, a Carter Hart chant broke out in one section. His first save drew applause and his mother Shauna was emotional as she watched during the first period.
Hart finished with 20 saves on 22 shots and made a big stop in the final seven seconds to secure the Flyers' 3-2 win over the Red Wings (see observations).
It was a fun atmosphere.
Let's take a look at the sights and scenes:
Carter Hart's mom is crying so now we're crying.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 19, 2018
She was overwhelmed with emotion watching her son make his NHL debut ❤️ pic.twitter.com/zWoNiFCvSp
Carter Hart makes a save and his mom reacts accordingly 😊 pic.twitter.com/jSGxaVIufK— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 19, 2018
We know you all watched it live, but in case you want to see it again, here's all the action from Carter Hart's successful NHL debut.https://t.co/xwyh2bXLGZ— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 19, 2018
20 year old Carter Hart is youngest Flyers goalie ever to win NHL debut— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) December 19, 2018
His parents came from Canada to see his debut. They were emotional seeing him for the first time after the game
“Im so proud of you. Sorry I’m crying. I’ll keep it together”#LetsGoFlyers pic.twitter.com/vFSFSnDYCy
The future is here... and he brought a W. pic.twitter.com/6Xt8i7GIjg— Taryn Hatcher (@TarynNBCS) December 19, 2018
"He's got ice in his veins."— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) December 19, 2018
- James van Riemsdyk on Carter Hart pic.twitter.com/IW2nb9N54z
Carter Hart is youngest goalie in Flyers history to win his NHL debut (20 years, 127 days), 5th-youngest goalie since 1996-97 to win NHL debut, and youngest since Carey Price (20 years, 55 days) on Oct. 10, 2007.— Tom Dougherty (@todougherty) December 19, 2018
In Game 32 of the 2018-19 season, Carter Hart, at 20 years old, wins his NHL debut, stopping 20 of 22 shots, including a big save in final seconds.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) December 19, 2018
Chuck Fletcher is GM. Scott Gordon is head coach.
Truly a new era of Flyers hockey, huh?
"It has been a while since we've heard some 'Let's Go Flyers' chants, so it's pretty nice. The kid is giving us something right now. He's giving us some energy, a jolt, something this team desperately needed."— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) December 19, 2018
- Shayne Gostisbehere on Carter Hart at second intermission
Carter Hart. pic.twitter.com/ENyaMVVDEM— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) December 19, 2018
Carter Hart made a save. The crowd cheered. His mom looked relieved. #flyers— Taryn Hatcher (@TarynNBCS) December 19, 2018
IT’S ❤️❤️ TIME pic.twitter.com/hOJaXqNaVx— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) December 19, 2018
🔥 Hot off the press. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/cSoCCntsQG— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) December 18, 2018
Carter Hart color vs black & white pic.twitter.com/erSYJ5lotH— Kate Frese (@KateFresePhoto) December 19, 2018
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