Brayden Schenn talks about intense play-off series for Flyers and Penguins
The Pittsburgh, Philadelphia first round of the NHL playoffs was one for the ages.
A record number of goals, Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux dropping the gloves in a penalty filled game three, suspensions and verbal abuse that a mother would cringe at.
Saskatoon's Brayden Schenn was a part of that playing in his first NHL post season putting up two goals and four assists.
Three of those points came in game one including the tying goal that allowed the Flyers to win in overtime 4-3.
Schenn says that first round was the most intense hockey he's ever been a part of.
"There was a lot of verbal abuse on the ice and guys getting pretty heated up," said Schenn. "Emotions are running high and that's what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. When you have the two star player’s fighting each other it just shows what it takes to win and how competitive guys are.”
Schenn also made headlines for the vicious cross check to the face he received from Arron Asham in game three which resulted in a four game suspension for the Pittsburgh tough guy.
So did Schenn receive a text from Asham saying he’s sorry?
“No I didn’t,” Schenn said with a laugh. “I think it’s just a heat of the moment thing. You know he’s just trying to stick up for his teammate after the hit. I’m sure if he could take back the cross-check and getting suspended I’m sure he would have liked to have been in the series.”
It’s been an up and down season for the Saskatoon native as he was only able to play in 54 games missing 11 games with a broken foot and then nine games with a concussion.
Despite the set-backs, he credits Claude Giroux with helping him learn the ropes of day-today-NHL life.
“He took me in right from the start of the year to live with him,” said Schenn. “To learn from a guy like that is awesome. He’s become a super star in the NHL and to see what he’s doing in the playoffs now, you can learn from a guy like that. He’s been great to me since day one."
As the Flyers face the New Jersey Devils in the second round, Schenn knows the battles will only get tougher as the Philadelphia tries to win its first Stanley Cup since 1975.