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Video: Flyers take down the Caps but may lose Brayden Schenn to injury after vicious hit

Dec 18, 2013, 12:20 AM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers went into Tuesday night’s return match with the Washington Capitals looking to redeem themselves after choking away a three-goal lead to the same Caps team on Sunday.

The Flyers did just that and extended their home winning streak to seven games but did so at the possible cost of losing another key forward to injury.

source:  Jake Voracek scored twice and Matt Read, Mark Streit and Wayne Simmonds each added a goal as the Flyers defeated the Capitals, 5-2, at Wells Fargo Center but may have lost Brayden Schenn after a scary hit where Schenn went face first into the boards and struggled to get up. You can watch the video of the play above.

With the teams tied at two and just under five minutes left in the second period, Schenn attempted to play a puck in the corner behind his team’s net when Caps’ rookie Tom Wilson raced in from out of nowhere and steamrolled him from behind.

Schenn went face first into the boards with his body almost parallel to the boards. He tried three times to get up and skate to the Flyers’ bench under his own power but fell down each time and needed assistance before making it to the bench successfully.

Wilson was given a five-minute, major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. The Flyers scored twice on the ensuing power play – Streit and Voracek did the honors – to take a 4-2 lead and they never looked back.

Schenn didn’t return to the game and the Flyers said he has the mysteriously-vague “upper-body injury.” The good news is the Flyers think Schenn will be ok. Neil Hartman reported on Postgame Live that Schenn walked out of the building under his own power.

Personally, I think it’s a suspendable offense but for no more than a few games.  Though he never saw Wilson coming, Schenn turned ever-so-slightly just before the hit and that helped the awkwardness of his landing. That doesn’t change the fact the Wilson never attempted to slow down or even try to make a play on the puck.

When are hockey players going to learn that they just can’t hit other players from behind anymore? It’s not like it used to be. It’s an incredibly fast game now so these high-speed hits from behind have to be avoided before something catastrophic happens.

It’s almost like the NFL and shots to the head by defenders. Not only does it hurt the player, it hurts the offending player’s team. Just ask the Capitals tonight because they never recovered from that dumb and dangerous hit.

Here’s where things get interesting.

After the game, Flyers’ coach Craig Berube called Wilson’s hit on Schenn “reckless.” Caps’ coach Adam Oates told reporters that he “didn’t think Wilson should have been penalized” and Caps’ general manager George McPhee went one step further and called it a “great hit.”

Oh. Well then.

This rivalry has sure had some simmer to it this season, hasn’t it?

Steve Mason rebounded from a tough outing Sunday with a 24-save performance in the win, which put Philadelphia just one point behind Carolina for the last Metropolitan Division playoff spot. With Toronto’s loss, on Tuesday, Philadelphia now sits just three points behind Toronto for the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference.

  1. BenE. - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    Schenn made the hit a lot worse by turning his back on a player he saw coming. Otherwise, contact would have been to the side and Schenn would have taken a seat on his ass, maybe missed a shift, and nothing more. Wilson may have been given a charging minor for the strides.

    I’ve watched the game for years. I’ve never seen so many players turn away from a player they KNOW is coming as much as I have the last couple seasons. Many of these hits would be clean checks if not for the player getting hit turning away to face the boards at the last split second. There needs to be more accountability in that sense, but it’s clear the NHL would rather just suspend five players every week.

    On a related note, the game was much safer during the clutch and grab era. Allowing some obstruction helped slow the game down. Now, with every phantom hook and hold being called a penalty, players are flying into the corners at top speed, making for many dangerous plays.

    Just my opinion.

    Great win. I loved the effort the team displayed in the third quarter in keeping their feet on the gas. They played a tight checking game and scored another goal, to boot, thanks to the great efforts of Wayne Simmonds. Good to see him break his goal-scoring drought.

    Lots of props to the Read-Couturier-Downie line again. These guys are everywhere at both ends of the ice. Scooter and Downie in particular are ALWAYS involved in the play.

    • lahoe819 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:15 AM

      If you watch the first replay it’s a little slowed down and it shows that Wilson came charging in full speed knowing exactly what he was doing. Schenn got a look when Wilson was right on top of him. He had time to turn his head but not his body. He was hit on the side so technically it’s not hitting from behind, but charging absolutely. My point being, I don’t think he (Schenn) was aware of the hit in time to turn away from it into the boards, as you say. I don’t think it’s “dirty” in the sense Wilson was trying to injure the guy but definitely a bad hit, maybe a game or two suspension worthy. I get trying to make a big hit, but that was reckless, and I don’t think Schenn should shoulder any blame or responsibility.

    • Tyr - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      Yeah its a tough situation. He did turn, but it seemed as if it was a split second reaction to seeing Wilson come at him like a freight train outta nowhere. I dont know if wilsons hit was on purpose or on par with a matt cooke offense, but its definitley worth an investigation. The games so fast that both players arent 100 percent at fault or 100 percent innocent in this situation, but wilson definitley was the aggressor amd clearly shouldve let up, given schenns proximity to the boards.

    • Gallagher - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Ten years ago, that hit would’ve been legal.

      Having said that, this is the new age of the NHL where they want to cut down the contact thereby reducing the number of injuries to players. Shannahan has been pushing hard on player accountability and without a doubt there’s going to be a suspension thrown at Wilson for the hit. When you take into account Wilson’s size advantage over Schenn, the momentum he hit him with in the corner, and the ability to veer off at the last couple of seconds (even when Schenn saw him coming), he’s going to be sitting a game or three out over this one.

      I get where Oates and Ovi are saying that it didn’t look like an illegal hit, but they’re standing up for their player on a play that is what the NHL is trying to prevent. Can’t have your cake of being a “fast & injury-prone” league and eat it too.

    • Jay D - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      this was 100% a penalty…
      I dont know how it wasnt called boarding. You are in that vulnerable area about 3 feet from the boards and Wilson drove him into the boards. Wilson came from center ice, picked his target and didnt stop.

      The new NHL allows for players to try an not worry about being hit from behind, thats why a lot of the players are turning. Wilson was hunting for a player to demolish. no room for that in the game.

  2. galasso2586 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    I agree with Ben. Schenn made the hit look way worse by turning right before Wilson got there. If you slow it down it still looks shoulder to shoulder (As shown here The big issue is how Wilson just goes all out after Schenn just trying to blow him up and not realizing where they are on the ice. Wilson came right off the bench and made a straight line dash for Schenn in the corner. Unfortunate play for both guys and hopefully Schenn will be OK.

    As for the game, that was the most complete game I’ve seen them play all year. Getting control down low in the offensive zone, cycling the puck, D guys jumping in on offense, clogging the neutral zone, FORWARDS ACTUALLY BACK CHECKING, and clean exits out of the D zone.

    If they starting getting this type of production out of Voracek and The Wayne Train it could go along way to righting the ship.

  3. willh888 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    You see guys turn like that every night to absorb contact, maintain possession. Usually the guy trying to lay a hit pulls up, go around him or simply moves him off the puck with some physical play, not skating a hole through the guy 4 ft from the boards. And the problem really isn’t dummies like Wilson because he’s trying to be overly aggressive while not really giving a shit. The problem is the hack that is Shanahan who somehow found a way to confuse the piss out of these guys where they simply don’t mind rolling the dice. For example, Phil Kessel beat a dude with a stick after the whistle: 3 preseason games. Harry Z charging in open ice, left his feet to deliver high hit: 4 games. James Neal charging in open ice, leaves his feet to deliver a high hit: No games since he said he didnt see him (haha) even though he lined up him 15 ft away. Did get one game however for an elbow the next shift. Thornton punching a vulnerable player in the head, 15 games. Shea Weber deliberately ramming Zetterbergs head into the boards, zero games.

    That slouch and his stupid explanation videos aren’t doing anything for the league.

    • psudrozz - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      brendan shanahan is what happens when hockey players think they are lawyers.

      i still have no idea why neal only got 5 games for his knee to the head from the other night. i put that ruling on par with Kelo in its absurdity.

      schenn turned at the last milisecond. the refs called it right-5 minute major. if he has a prior, then give him a few games.

    • mike - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      Not only do they need to become consistent with the suspensions, they need to start taking roster spots away while the guy is suspended. If Wilson is suspended, the Capitals will just call up some Hershey Bear to take his spot and play 6 minutes a game. It does not really hurt the team. They need to change the rule so that the team has to dress one less player during the suspensions. The teams will be less tolerable for the cheapshot artists. Would you give a million dollars to Patrick Kaleta if you knew his suspension will cause you to dress one less forward for 5-10 games a year? And do you want to be the guy that forces the team to dress one less player during a playoff run?

      • psudrozz - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        wow-never thought of taking away a roster spot.

        that might…actually work.

  4. FlyersFan - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Once again, Kimmo fucking Timonen takes a stupid penalty and causes the first goal of the game. This time, by slashing Ovechkin in the face with his stick. I can’t fathom how Paul Holmgren and Craig Berube wake up each day and think this idiot is worth a $6 million contract extension or first pair minutes. It’s like they’re blind to reality.

    Kimmo fucking Timonen is worthless. He’s an old, slow, broken down midget that loses every board battle, every scrum, gives away possession with remarkable consistency, and causes the Flyers a goal or the game every game now.

    Fuck you Paul Holmgren and Fuck you Berube for making us watch this senile grandpa on skates.

  5. t800m101 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Rosehill needs to be in the next two Flyers-Caps game. Not dressing him these last two games was a disgrace.

    • FlyersFan - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Agreed. Rosehill needs to play against the Caps and probably most divisional rivals.

      • t800m101 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        I want Rosehill to be in every game, and especially those when the other team has an enforcer.

  6. 2sentz - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    I’d love to add something to this Flyers chat but currently having way too much fun watching Dallas fans kvetch on the other thread. Check out all the typo’s, grammar and blind rage. Christmas has come early, it don’t get no funnier than that group of morons.

    • willh888 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      that explosion of opinions is like watching a wheelbarrow full of elderly midgets bounce down the side of a mountain

    • psudrozz - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      o that was so good (smokes cigarette)

  7. BMc - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Why does every Flyers recap end with the playoff picture, or wild card spot? We are 4 months away from the end of the season! I’m a huge Flyers fan, but we don’t need to hear about the playoff standings now for another 3 months. Just maintain their recent home record, try to steal some more points on the road, and the standings will fall into place.

  8. t800m101 - Dec 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Schenn made it worse by turning to the boards at the last second. He’s a hockey player, he should know better.


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