Brayden Schenn Breaks Out With Three-Point Game
It had been a pretty quiet season for Brayden Schenn thus far through the first quarter of the shortened year.
But finally, the younger Schenn brother broke out for his first multi-point game of the year. His goal and two assists lead the Flyers past the Hurricanes in a 4-3 overtime win.
"Yeah it's always nice scoring goals and helping the team out," said Schenn, who has two goals and six assists on the season. "We can’t [always] rely on [Claude] Giroux for him to score [all our] goals. I thought everyone played well for us and it's always nice to chip in."
In the first period, Schenn put the Flyers on the board with some nice hand-eye coordination. Kimmo Timonen threw a shot in on net that Schenn caught with the heel of his stick to redirect it past an out-of-position Cam Ward.
The goal tied the game up, 1-1, after the Flyers gave up the game's first goal 17 seconds in.
After the game, head coach Peter Laviolette noticed that Schenn was using his speed all game. In the second period, it was that speed and hustle that Schenn used to give the Flyers the 3-2 lead.
Only 15 seconds after the Hurricanes tied the game up on a Jeff Skinner wrap-around, Schenn broke free with Jakub Voracek on a 2-on-1. He sent a pass across the crease to an outstretched Voracek, who banked it past Ward for the lead.
Schenn returned to the score sheet one more time, this time on the overtime winner by Danny Briere. But it was what Schenn did leading up to the play that helped create the scoring chance.
After Skinner had a shot stopped by Bryzgalov, Schenn hustled behind the net and used his body to get the puck out to Nicklas Grossmann before Skinner checked him into the boards. Grossmann sent the puck ahead to Briere, who faked a pass to Kurtis Foster before beating Ward stick side off the post and his skate before it trickled into the net.
“Yeah when I cut to the middle like I did at first, my plan was to drop it," said Briere. "I realized that their defenseman was up and the second defenseman and forward were back checking, lunging to go towards Kurtis [Foster] as well, so I decided to keep the puck and there was a little opening in the slot to shoot it in.”
Heading into Saturday, Schenn had a goal and two assists in three of the last four games. But those points aside, he had stayed invisible, being shuffled to the third line with Voracek and Tye McGinn. McGinn joined the two when Wayne Simmonds returned to the top line.
"The past four games I've been trying to make more plays, carry the puck a bit more, I felt like we've had some good chemistry over the past couple games and tonight it clicked," Schenn said. "Like I said just build off it, don't get too hyped and just keep going."
Schenn also finished the game with a plus-3 rating, three hits and 16:40 of ice time. It was by far his best game of the season, and the Flyers hope it will be the game that keeps Schenn on the score sheet more often.