Beast Mode: Flyers Luke Schenn Shows Up Big in Win against Former Team

Beast Mode: Flyers Luke Schenn Shows Up Big in Win against Former Team

We’ve been doing these so-called “obligatory” check-ups on
James van Riemsdyk all year long. Now let’s do one on Luke Schenn.

After all, he was only the Flyers’ most dominant defenseman
on Thursday night – perhaps even the most important player on the ice in a 5-3
win over the Maple Leafs that extended Philly’s improbable winning streak to
four games.

Brother Luke has been solid for the Orange & Black all
season, but he saved his best performance yet for his former team. Schenn
played nearly 26 minutes in Toronto, posting a +3 with five shots on goal, four
blocked shots, and six hits – all of which were Flyers highs.

And just to put the icing on the cake, the elder Schenn
sealed the deal with an empty netter from deep in his own end to mark
his third goal of the season.

Keep in mind the Flyers are already without Nicklas
Grossmann, Braydon Coburn, and Andrej Meszaros. Kimmo Timonen also left the
contest with an unspecified lower-body injury. This kid has every excuse in the

Despite all of that, the 23-year-old Schenn has been a rock.
Sure, James van Riemsdyk managed to score his 15th goal of the season, but
which of the two players would have been more impactful for the Flyers in this encounter? This season?

Schenn had already been enjoying the change of scenery up to
this point, but nights like the one he had against the Leafs make you wonder if
he’s about to arrive as a premier blueliner in the NHL. He put this game on his

With the win, the Flyers are just two points back of a playoff spot. Who would've even thought that possible two weeks ago?

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CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).