Brayden Schenn hits Torey Krug (via Hockey Fights/YouTube)
Brayden Schenn started Wednesday’s game like a one-man wrecking crew. First, he levelled Boston defenseman Torey Krug with a bone-jarring hit and then he engaged in a short tilt with Bruins blueliner Kevan Miller.
Philadelphia Flyers winger Brayden Schenn doesn’t have the prototypical power forward build. He’s barely over six feet tall and he weighs less than 200 pounds, but that doesn’t mean Schenn shies away from throwing his weight around.
Wednesday night, Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug felt every bit of Schenn’s ability to lay the body. Less than five minutes into the game, the Flyers dumped the puck into the Bruins’ zone and gave chase. Boston’s Ryan Spooner was the first to the puck and he shovelled it up the boards to Krug. But as soon as Krug went to turn up ice and make a play on the puck, he was met head on by the hit from Schenn:
As is the case in most instances of a big hit, Schenn was challenged to fight. Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller came to Krug’s aid and Miller and Schenn had a brief tussle before both fell to the ice. Call it a draw.
Schenn, who was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft by the Los Angeles Kings, has never really turned into a prolific scorer, but he’s on pace for 18 goals and 43 points this season. Seeing that he’ll likely never be a 30-goal guy, though, Schenn has made sure to make his mark with the body. Since landing in Philadelphia in 2011, he has endeared himself to fans by laying out opponents as often as possible. Schenn’s 736 hits are the most by any Flyers player since 2011-12.
The hit and fight didn’t spark the Flyers, though, as they were outshot in every period and didn’t score until the waning moments of the first frame. Boston would take a 2-1 lead after two periods, but Philadelphia rallied with two tallies midway through the third to take home a 3-2 victory.