It shouldn’t be surprising that the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night, considering that the Sabres are doing really poorly this season. What was surprising was how close the Flyers let the Sabres get to tying the game up.
Late in the game, the Sabres’ Cody Hodgson tried to get the momentum going with a shot to Flyers’ goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov’s net. It was deflected, but was swiped out — with no thanks to Bryzgalov. The credit went to forward Brayden Schenn being quick to react by swiping the puck out of the paint with his stick. Schenn essentially saved the game for the Flyers, and it was a pretty impressive play.
When I heard the game announcers exclaim,“And Schenn bats it out!” I thought, oh that was a pretty good defensive play on Luke Schenn’s part, and then I discovered that it was actually the forward Schenn brother to make the powerful defensive move. It was definitely helpful, and made me realize that perhaps Schenn is pulling out of his sophomore slump.
Schenn spent the lockout playing in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms, and was a top goal scorer for the team along with Sean Couturier. He also made a lot of mistakes, which makes sense because that team faces way too much fighting and penalties.
Starting the NHL season, it looked like Schenn and the other AHL call-ups where bringing that undisciplined nature to the Flyers line. However, in the past couple of games, Schenn has been shaping up to be a successful Flyer again.
Schenn may not have as many goals as team leaders Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds, but he is getting up there. Schenn currently has 19 points, six goals and 13 assists. That’s not bad for a player who was once facing a sophomore slump, and has been in trade rumor talks.
I think Schenn has been actively improving despite the Flyers’ continue struggle, and I would like to see more great plays like we saw on Sunday from him.
Don’t get me wrong, winning Sunday’s game was a great feeling, but I would like to see some more consistency from the Flyers. They play the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, and that game is going to be more of a battle.
Let’s go Flyers! Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for rantsports.com. You can follow her on Twitter @Dmvasso.