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With help from Jakub Voracek, Carter Hart got his bed, is comfortable and here to stay

With help from Jakub Voracek, Carter Hart got his bed, is comfortable and here to stay

VOORHEES, N.J. — It didn’t take long for Carter Hart to prove his early jump to the NHL was not just a temporary leap.

He won his first two starts with the Flyers.

Not long after, he ripped off eight straight victories to match Jocelyn Thibault's NHL record of most consecutive wins by a goalie before his 21st birthday.

And he went 13-6-1 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .924 save percentage over his first 20 starts, sparking hope in a lost 2018-19 season.

Today, Dec. 18, marks the one-year anniversary of Hart’s NHL debut in which he beat the Red Wings, 3-2, at the Wells Fargo Center. In a year, the 2016 second-round pick has become the Flyers’ No. 1 between the pipes, playing like the goalie of the future the franchise has desired for quite some time.

“I’m comfortable here, this is my home away from home,” Hart said Wednesday. “I love playing here and living here in Philly.”

Around mid-February, Hart was told to seek permanent residence.

“That was a pretty cool moment for me,” he said. “It’s kind of like, ‘Alright, you’re here to stay.’”

Oh, and need to find a place … and a bed.

Good thing for Jakub Voracek.

“When he realized he was going to be staying, you don’t want a kid that didn’t make much money to spend so much money on rent,” Voracek said. “I had a free apartment in Old City and nobody was using it, so I just told him to get cable and everything else was there. I went to buy a bed with him. He was a little worried about the price tag, but I was like, ‘That’s the best investment you can make.’ So we went and bought a bed and that was all he needed.”

Voracek made sure they got the bed.

“Well, f---, if it were up to him, he would sleep on the sofa,” Voracek said. “I had to really talk him into it. Like, listen, if you want to spend the money, that’s good money to spend.”

The bed purchase was all part of Hart’s transition to the NHL at 20 years old. He came into professional hockey with impressive preparation and work habits.

But he’s always looking to learn and improve. After all, he’s only 21.

“It’s really important that you manage yourself and your time really wisely with getting enough sleep, eating the right things, staying on top of your physical shape, condition,” Hart said. “I think that’s been a really important part of my game.”

Since Hart’s arrival (or actually since he was drafted), the fans have embraced him.

He has grown to love the tough love.

“Sure, they get on us when we’re not playing well, but as an athlete in a big sports market, what more could you ask for?” Hart said. “They’re loyal and they’re passionate.”

And as much as he has stood out in the crease, Hart has also shined within the community.

“I have a lot of fun doing that, I’m sure a lot of other guys do as well,” he said. “We have the chance to be role models, people look up to us, especially younger kids, the next generation. I think it’s important that you set a good example for the leaders of tomorrow.”

What did Voracek, one of the Flyers’ leaders, charge the humble rookie?

“Thank God he charged me nothing,” Hart said. “He’s an awesome guy and it was a really nice place, too, it was huge. It was just myself in there. Unfortunately he’s selling it this year and I couldn’t even afford it anyways. But no, it was a really nice place.

“Really thankful that he let me stay there last year.”

Voracek was happy to set up Hart in Year 1. It meant the goalie of the future was beginning the present.

“He’s still young, he’s playing unreal since he got here,” Voracek said. “Obviously some ups and downs, but there are a lot more ups than downs. It’s scary to think that he can be way, way better.”

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Flyers Talk podcast: Analyzing scenarios for Stanley Cup Playoffs

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On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall are joined by Joe Fordyce, the Flyers Pre and Postgame Live producer.

From multiple interviews to the format of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, let's dive in:

1:25 — Kevin Hayes talks all things Flyers and the NHL stoppage

7:30 — No fans during the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

14:50 — An interview with Rick Tocchet and Keith Jones

18:00 — Should the NHL change the playoff format?

24:00 — Life without Flyers hockey right now

30:30 — Debating our all-time Flyers team

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Gritty all over the place, funny Penguins moments as Flyers roll their rival in NHL 20

Gritty all over the place, funny Penguins moments as Flyers roll their rival in NHL 20

Because of the coronavirus outbreak, which has suspended the 2019-20 NHL season, the Flyers did not get a chance to beat the Penguins last Sunday in Philadelphia.

They did, however, dominate them on NHL 20 Thursday night as NBC Sports Philadelphia aired a simulation with the great trio of Jim Jackson, Keith Jones and Taryn Hatcher on the call.

The Flyers never trailed in beating Pittsburgh, 6-4, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Michael Raffl led the way with a pair of first-period goals. Kevin Hayes (one goal, one assist), James van Riemsdyk (one goal, one assist), Matt Niskanen (two assists), Travis Sanheim (two assists) and Nate Thompson (two assists) all had multi-point games.

Oh, and Gritty enjoyed the win. So did Claude Giroux.


Raffl's goals were massive in setting the tone during the opening 20 minutes. Despite allowing four markers, Carter Hart made a ton of timely saves, especially in the first period.

On Raffl's first goal, Penguins forward Conor Sheary got stuck right in the middle of the Flyers' celebration. Poor guy.

On Raffl's second goal, Penguins forward Evan Rodrigues tripped right over his goalie Matt Murray as the Flyers were celebrating.


A big storyline in the Flyers' win was Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin being held to no goals.

As you can see, there were some daring Penguins fans in attendance. We have a strong feeling they were welcomed kindly by Flyers fans.

Just like in real life, the Flyers were very defensive of the 21-year-old Hart. Get close to the kid, you've got problems.


Tyler Pitlick added clutch secondary scoring during the second period to give the Flyers a 3-1 edge.

Gritty, with the neck of an owl, enjoyed his view in the middle stanza.

"He's always got a good spot," Jackson said.

"He's usually got some popcorn to dump on a Penguins fan's head," Jones said.

Unfortunately, that did not happen (let's be real, it probably did).

Justin Braun, Hayes and van Riemsdyk (empty-netter) tallied goals in the final stanza to seal the Flyers' win. 

The Penguins' goals came from Brandon Tanev, Patric Hornqvist, Teddy Blueger and Marcus Pettersson.

That's not going to do it against this 2019-20 Flyers team, which has dominated in Philadelphia.

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