Flyers Past Predators – Hart Shines in 2nd Start

PHILADELPHIA — Carter Hart made 31 saves for his second straight win in his second NHL start, and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Thursday night.

Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek scored for the Flyers, who won their second straight under interim coach Scott Gordon. Gordon replaced Dave Hakstol, who was fired on Monday.

The 20-year-old Hart made 20 saves in his debut in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Detroit. He was even better against Nashville.

Carter Hart
Carter Hart, Philadelphia Flyers (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Hart, who was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft, made two big saves to help kill off the Predators’ lengthy 5-on-3 power play late in the second period. He stopped each of the 13 shots he faced in the third.

Hart made his best stop early in the period when he denied Roman Josi from close range with a strong glove save. The Flyers also caught a break when Ryan Johansen’s wrist shot hit the post just before time expired.

Nick Bonino scored for Nashville, which lost its ninth straight game on the road. The Predators, who began the day in a tie for first in the Central Division, last won away from Nashville on Nov. 10 in Dallas.

The Predators tied it at 1 4:04 into the second when Bonino scored from in front after a deflection.

Philadelphia regained the lead when Giroux got his 12th of the season on a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Pekka Rinne on the blocker side.

The Flyers preserved the lead by killing off a 5-on-3 in the final two minutes of the second. Hart denied Ryan Ellis and Kevin Fiala during the stretch, and defenceman Robert Hagg blocked two shots. Philadelphia also got lucky when Josi’s shot clanked off the post.

Voracek opened the scoring 5:10 into the first by finishing a great pass from Sean Couturier, who found a wide-open Voracek at the side of the crease.

Philadelphia Flyers' Sean Couturier Nashville Predators' Ryan Hartman Roman Josi
Philadelphia Flyers’ Sean Couturier takes a shot as Nashville Predators’ Ryan Hartman and Roman Josi defend (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NOTES: The teams will meet once more in the regular season, Jan. 1 in Nashville. … Predators C Colton Sissons was held out after injuring his right ankle in the third period of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Chicago.


Predators: Finish a four-game trip at Boston on Saturday.

Flyers: Host Columbus on Saturday.

Aaron Bracy, The Associated Press