Backdoor Robbery: Carter Hart breaks down 4-sequences to save

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Today we welcome Carter Hart to the Pro Reads team with what will be the first of many after the Philadelphia Flyers Phenom spent a full hour breaking down saves and going over video from his second NHL season with Kevin Woodley. As you’ll learn quickly throughout these video sessions, Hart is always looking for ways to get better, something our members already know extends into his off-ice and mental training habits, and that’s certainly the case with our first example, a backdoor save off an Artemi Panarin one-timer that he shook his head at as soon as the clip started because he remembers it went off the paddle of his stick. So, follow along as Hart breaks down the sequence, and what he wishes he’d did different at the end.

The Sequence

This highlight actually contains several elements before we even get to the save itself.

It starts with what appears to be a somewhat innocuous point shot. Of course, in the NHL, even the simplest shots usually involve a traffic element for the goalie to contend, and Hart shares some thoughts on his depth below, but before you hear them, what do you think?

From there, Hart transitions into reverse-VH to deal with the rebound threat from close range, only to see that puck passed back up into the slot for looks to be a pretty good one-time opportunity in a prime scoring position. Hart pushes out to the middle, only to have that player instead make a pretty remarkable blind backhand pass to Panarin on the other side.

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