After getting off to a slow start, Scott Hartnell has been having a fantastic season. But it is his off-ice contributions that are gaining Hartnell accolades these days.
A four-year veteran of the Philadelphia Flyers, Hartnell entered into this season’s training camp with 196 points in 357 games with the team.
During a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings on September 25, he was taken out in the third due to an elevated heart rate that wasn't settling, even after rest. According to head athletic trainer Jim McCrossin, Hartnell was also dealing with arm twitching as a result of the issue.
His heart rate went down after an “abnormally” long time, and he saw a cardiologist two days later, who cleared Hartnell after he had an echocardiogram and underwent a stress test.
The Philadelphia Flyers hit the ice in Denver Monday night seeking another win streak after Saturday’s 6-0 thrashing by the Boston Bruins. Instead, they snuck out of the Pepsi Center with a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche.
Philadelphia (20-8-4) struck first when Scott Hartnell scored with 1:29 remaining in the first period. On the power play goal, Jaromir Jagr saved the puck from leaving the offensive zone and quickly fired it near the net. Jakub Voracek, who has played spectacularly lately, shuffled a pass across the goal-mouth for Hartnell.
The tally was Hartnell’s 16th goal of the season, tying him with Claude Giroux as the highest goal scorer on the Flyers this season. It was also his seventh power play goal on the year.
Colorado (16-17-1) took the game’s momentum in the second period with strong contributions from their young core.
Nothing is going to stop this Flyers team it seems.
With their captain and leading scorer on the shelf for an extended period of time, the Flyers persevered another big challenge.
The Canadiens had an answer for the Flyers first three goals. But it was the final tally early in the third period that Montreal couldn't respond to and the Flyers went on to win, 4-3, Thursday night in Montreal.
It was the seventh straight win for the Flyers, who are rolling despite finding out their leader Chris Pronger will miss the rest of the season with severe post-concussion syndrome. They improved to 12-4-1 on the season without their captain, an impressive feat when looking at his impact when on the ice.
This is the big chance Sean Couturier has been waiting for.
Granted the 19-year-old wasn't in favor of it coming at the cost of Claude Giroux's noodle, Couturier is looking forward to shedding Zac Rinaldo and Harry Zolnierczyk as line mates in favor of a future Hall of Famer and one of the best goal-scoring pests in the NHL.
Couturier will see a promotion to the first scoring line with Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell tomorrow night in Washington.
In the second period of the Flyers 5-2 win over Tampa Bay, Giroux suffered a freak head injury. While down, forward Wayne Simmonds tried to avoid Giroux but caught him in the back of the head with his knee.