Throwback Thursday is a popular trend on social media today. Twitter or Facebook users will post a picture from the past and reminisce about the moment. Well, the Flyers have a rich history, so every Thursday I’m going to post a memorable moment in Orange and Black history.
Since Brayden Schenn is celebrating his 22nd birthday today, let’s go back to Schenn’s coming out party.
April 11, 2012. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.
While the Pens swept three goals past Ilya Bryzgalov in the first period, Schenn laid the boom. In a span of ten seconds, Schenn leveled Paul Martin and Matt Cooke. The 20-year-old had announced his presence.
In the next two periods, Schenn had much more for the Penguins. As time expired in the second period, the Penguins’ Craig Adams had Schenn lined up along the boards. Schenn dumped the puck away and braced for the hit. Adams found a nice seat on the ice while Schenn remained on his skates. Adams took offense to the hit and tried to get Schenn to retaliate, but Schenn’s body language said, “What are you going to do about it?” The referees separated the two before anything could escalate.
Schenn had two assists that night – one that was the offsides goal from Danny Briere* – and scored the game tying goal.
The Flyers went on to win Game 1 in overtime and would defeat the Penguins in six games, but in his first playoff game, Schenn let the N.H.L. know he came to play with the big boys.
*Was that goal offsides? Yes, but the Penguins’ third goal was also a non-icing so the goals even out.