Philadelphia Flyers beat Detroit Red Wings again
By LARRY LAGE
AP Hockey Writer
DETROIT — Carter Hart bounced back from his worst performance in the NHL with one of his best, flourishing as he played on consecutive days for the first time in the league.
The breakout rookie had 37 saves to help the surging Philadelphia Flyers beat Detroit 3-1 on Sunday night after he gave up a career-high five goals in an overtime win against the Red Wings the previous day.
“His response was obviously tremendous,” Flyers interim coach Scott Gordon said.
Ivan Provorov scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period. Oskar Lindblom had two goals for the Flyers, breaking a scoreless tie early in the game and sealing the victory with an empty-net goal with 1:26 left.
Philadelphia has won 12 of its last 14 games, moving into contention for a wild card in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The 20-year-old Hart won his NHL debut on Dec. 18 and is 13-6-1, including an eight-game winning streak that tied a league record for goaltenders younger than 21.
Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds challenged Detroit’s Anthony Mantha to a fight in the opening minute, retaliating for his hit from behind against Claude Giroux on Saturday.
Even though Detroit had 38 shots, its only goal came early in the second period when Darren Helm made it 1-all.