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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carter Hart has earned the nickname Starter Hart in Philly.Why sit him?The most popular Flyers rookie this side of Gritty the mascot has certainly turned into their most productive one — and Hart has sparked a franchise on the brink of a breakup with a gleam of hope for the future.Phil Varone Phil Kessel Jersey , Travis Konecny and James van Riemsdyk scored to lead Philadelphia to its season-high fourth straight win, 3-1 over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night.Hart has won all four of those games in goal for the Flyers, a needed highlight for one of the worst teams in the NHL. He stopped 31 shots against the Jets and won his seventh game since his late-December call-up.“I feel comfortable at this level,” Hart said. “The boards are the same, the ice is the same, just got to go out and play. That’s the approach that I have to have.”Varone knocked in his second goal of the season midway through the second period for a 1-0 lead. Jack Roslovic tied it on a deflection.Konecny snapped the tie on a redirection past Laurent Brossoit with 1:14 left in the second for his 13th goal of the season. Hart made the lead stand up and van Riemsdyk scored late to help the Flyers build a modest winning streak against four teams with winning records.“I thought we played fine,” Brossoit said. “I thought we outplayed them, for the most part. The goalie on the other end had a good game.”The rest of the league should soon know the goalie on the other end’s name.Philadelphia opened the second half of the season aware that these could be the final games together for a core group of veterans that have little to show for several seasons of solid individual statistics — and no deep playoff run.“We have good players,” general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “We haven’t been a good team.”The Flyers entered 14 points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and Fletcher is prepared to make changes by the Feb. 25 trade deadline. He said Monday that All-Star center and team captain Claude Giroux is the only veteran he won’t trade. Giroux does have a no-trade clause, but a deal that involved the popular holdover from the 2010 Stanley Cup Final team might cause a half-empty Wells Fargo Center to completely thin out.“We have a lot of good players here Sidney Crosby Jersey , but I would never say never to almost anybody besides Giroux,” Fletcher said.The Flyers can stick the 20-year-old Hart on the untouchable list, too.Hart made a spot start in the minors Saturday to stay sharp because the Flyers’ bye week blended into the All-Star break.“That was good for all of us to have that week off just to kind of not think about hockey and get a little bit of time away from the game so we can make a push here,” Hart said.The Flyers would need an improbable run to make the postseason for the second straight year — and even the GM isn’t sure it’s in the cards.“We’d like to get some pieces that could be a part of this for a few years,” Fletcher said.Fletcher has talked to pending free agent Wayne Simmonds about his role in the rebuild. Philadelphia could stay the course and try to sign Simmonds to a new deal. But the solid scorer and team leader with a $3.75 million salary cap hit could net the Flyers key pieces as they look toward the future.“Clearly in the next few weeks, we will have to resolve that one way or the other,” Fletcher said.Fletcher won’t wave the white flag on this season quite yet. But the GM who replaced the fired Ron Hextall in November knows he wasn’t brought aboard to keep the status quo.“We’re at a stage where we need a big run here,” Fletcher said.NOTES: Flyers D Shayne Gostisbehere was a late scratch with an undisclosed injury.UP NEXTThe Jets play Tuesday at Boston. “I don’t want to make excuses after the break, everyone’s in the same situation, but we have to be sharper tomorrow Dougie Hamilton Jersey Womens ,” defenseman Josh Morrissey said.The Flyers play Thursday at Boston. OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Ottawa Senators fired coach Guy Boucher on Friday and named assistant Marc Crawford as the interim replacement with the NHL’s last-place team mired in a six-game losing streak.The 47-year-old Boucher coached the Senators to within one victory of the Stanley Cup Final in 2017 in his first season behind the bench. He previously got Tampa Bay to within one victory of the final in 2011, but his stop in Ottawa was a much different story.General manager Pierre Dorion had given Boucher a vote of confidence as recently as Monday. He said he decided a change was needed Thursday night, when the Senators lost 4-2 at home to Edmonton, but slept on it first before advising team owner Eugene Melnyk.He said “a different set of coaching and leadership skills” was needed to guide a young team through its rebuild, which includes 17 picks in the first three rounds of the next three drafts..“For both parties we just felt it was time to move on,” Dorion said.Boucher is the seventh coach to be fired this season. The Senators are 22-37-5 and in last place among the league’s 31 teams.Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki seemed to suggest change wasn’t a bad thing.“It’s one of those things if you keep doing the same thing and the results aren’t there, then it’s tough to keep players engaged,” he said, according to The Canadian Press. “There needs to be a way to keep players engaged to show that there’s maybe a change to be had or a change to be made that’s going to help us progress forward — and when it doesn’t happen , personnel change will happen.”He also said the problems were not all on Boucher, who ends his career in Ottawa with a 72-71-21 record.“The onus is on everyone here,” Borowiecki said. “I’ve said it numerous times and I’ll say it again this is a results-driven, results-based business, and we’re not getting results and we haven’t been getting results for a long time.”The 58-year-old Crawford, who coached the Colorado Avalanche to the Stanley Cup in 1996 and has been a head coach at various stops for 1,151 games, has been an associate coach on Boucher’s staff the past three seasons. He will take over as head coach starting with Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay.“They’re a group that emotionally is as good as any Stanley Cup team that I’ve been around,” Crawford said of the Senators. “The measure of the personality in that room is extraordinary. These are young guys, really young Julien Gauthier Jersey Womens , and they are in a situation that is very, very difficult. This is nobody’s fault, but this is a business where you’re judged all the time.”Dorion said the Senators will search for a new coach after the season, someone who can teach, listen and communicate to let “every team member know where they stand and what is expected.”“We will hire the best coach available,” he said. “That meets our needs for this team to grow. To set a culture that we need to have success and to put us on the right path. We did that last time and we’re going to do it again when we hire the next coach, whether it’s Marc or someone else.”The move comes amid a tumultuous stretch for the Senators, who saw Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman depart long before the woes of this season set in.The team traded its three top scorers for younger players and draft picks before Monday’s trade deadline after the Senators couldn’t come to terms with pending free agents Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel. Ottawa missed the playoffs last season after making an early trade to acquire Duchene. The Senators sent a first-round pick to the Avalanche in the deal and now that selection could be first overall this year.Earlier this week, a plan for a new downtown arena for the Senators was killed after the National Capital Commission announced mediation had failed to resolve a dispute between Melnyk and project partners.For now Womens Evander Kane Jersey , Dorion expects his players to compete to win and not just ride out a lost season. He expects Crawford to play the youngsters to develop them.“We’re fielding a team from now until the end of the year that can win games and we want to see this team win games, develop, grow and have a great culture,” Dorion said. “Play for one another, play for the coaching staff, more importantly play for our fans.”
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