Schenn's hit on Anton Volchenkov
Brayden Schenn was suspended one game for his hit on Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov in the second period of Tuesday's loss to New Jersey.
"Rather than delivering a legal body check, Schenn launches up off the ice prior to contact, into Volchenkov, making contact with volchenkov's head," said the NHL's head of discipline, Brendan Shanahan, in a video statement. "This is charging."
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Schenn will forfeit $4,702.70. It is his first-ever suspension.
The Flyers were trailing 2-0 when the play occurred.
Replays from at least one angle clearly showed Schenn left his feet to deliver the hit to a larger opponent.
Neither club commented on the hit after the game because in real time it seemed like a good, solid check.
“Yeah, I got a call from Homer (Flyers GM Paul Holmgren) on the bus last night and wasn’t exactly sure why,” Schenn said at Wednesday’s practice, prior to his telephone hearing. “Maybe a little bit surprised.”
There was no penalty whistled.
“Quite a few [times] I looked at it,” Schenn said. “It seemed what it was called – no penalty on the play. I’m not gonna make any comments until I have that hearing.”
He also said it was “not a revenge play,” against Volchenkov for a hit against Schenn in Game 5 of the playoffs last spring, or because Volchenkov had concussed Danny Briere during the regular season in 2011-12.
“Not a revenge play at all,” Schenn said. “I think it’s him having his head down and me coming off the bench and seeing that. It’s not a revenge play at all.”
The Flyers were trailing 2-0 at the time of Schenn’s hit and went on to lose the game, 3-0. Schenn finished with 14:01 of time on ice, as well as a five-minute major for fighting incurred in the closing seconds of the game.