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Schenn Cleared to Play 48 Hours After Scary Hit

Flyers forward Brayden Schenn will be in tonight's lineup as his team gets set to host the Blue Jackets tonight.

The news comes to a bit of a shock as just 48 hours prior, Schenn was blasted into the boards by Capitals forward Tom Wilson. Wilson got a five-minute major for charging and had a hearing at noon today. (UPDATE: There will not be any supplemental discipline for Wilson.)

Schenn said he is shocked he is able to play tonight so shortly after the dangerous hit he received on Tuesday.

"I really am," Schenn told reporters today. "I feel blessed and lucky with what happened. 

"I don’t think I’ve ever gone head-first into the boards – I’ve put my shoulder, elbow, something in the way first. I think I got real lucky on that play."

Schenn was helped off the ice after having trouble standing and did not return to the game. Schenn fell down three times before staying down.

Wayne Simmonds, who was in the scrum following the hit, described it as "tough to see."

"It was pretty bad. I just saw him from the scrum, he was down," Simmonds said Tuesday. "I didn’t see much after that because I was part of the scrum, but I turned around and he was in the middle of the ice laying down. It was tough to see."

Yesterday, Schenn said he had a stiff neck but was not tested for a concussion as he said he felt fine.

He was examined by team doctors, following league protocol, but because he wasn't planning on returning to Tuesday's game they felt it wasn't necessary to test him for a concussion that night. 

"I talked to him yesterday and he was feeling better already," coach Craig Berube said today. "So we thought we’d wait 'til today and see how he felt this morning and get him on the ice. He seems fine."

Schenn has been one of the Flyers bright spots offensively. He is tied for second on the team with 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists).

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There were a few reactions after Tuesday's game on the hit.

Flyers coach Craig Berube said he felt it was a reckless hit but did not offer up an opinion of he thinks Tom Wilson should be suspended.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin defended the hit.

"To be honest with you, I don't think it was a dirty play," Ovechkin said. "He saw the hit coming, he turned, and Willy is a big boy.  

"It's always dangerous out there, it's hockey. When you get hit, you have to be ready, especially at the boards. I don't think he was ready, I think he was going to turn, but Willy just finished his check."

Capitals coach Adam Oates thought it was a clean hit.

"I watched it live, I saw it on the jumbotron, I watched it again between periods," Oates said. "He had changed, he went across the ice, he slowed down, saw Schenn come out of the pile with the puck, took two quick strides, Schenn saw him at the last second and he hit him in the arm. 

"He’s a big strong guy. He hit him hard, yeah, to me it’s a clean hit. I don’t think it’s a penalty at all.”

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John Russo
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