Five goals in two games — in front of his dad, no less — would have been a pretty good week for Scott Hartnell. But the father-son trip will head north from Sunrise, Fla. to Ottawa, Ontario.
For the first time in his 11-year career, Scott Hartnell is an All-Star. He will replace injured Blackhawk Jonathan Toews.
“Obviously [I’m] really, really excited,” Hartnell told the team’s PR staff. “I didn’t know if I was going to get the call or not and unfortunately some guys have to get hurt and take some time off. It’ll be a pretty cool experience.”
The last weekend wasn’t so bad, either. Scott’s father, Bill, was with the team in Newark, N.J., on Saturday and Philadelphia on Sunday to watch his son play.
“Five goals in two games, it’s a good weekend for anybody, so I’ll take it,” said Hartnell after the shootout loss to the Bruins on Sunday. The emotional high continued into Monday, when Hartnell learned he was named the No. 2 star of the week behind Evgeni Malkin and ahead of Evgeni Nabokov.
“I found out [Monday] night,” said Hartnell of his All-Star nod. “I got a call from Brendan Shanahan and he told me to kind of keep it on the down-low, but it was pretty exciting. It was right before bedtime and my heart was racing. I got a little nervous, too.”
Flyers 3, Panthers 2
Claude Giroux’s shootout goal, a wrister over Scott Clemmensen, gave the Flyers their first shootout win of the season (Flyers had been 0-3 in shootouts coming in). Brayden Schenn and Jake Voracek scored the two regulation goals for the Flyers. Up next is Sunday’s All-Star Game (4 p.m., NBC)