Video: Brayden Schenn Puts Zdeno Chara on His Ass

Video: Brayden Schenn Puts Zdeno Chara on His Ass

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Every hockey fan knows who Zdeno Chara is. At 6’9”, you can’t
miss the Boston Bruins’ defenseman. Neither did Brayden Schenn on Saturday,
chopping down the six-time All Star during a 3-1 Flyers’ victory.

Chara may have placed the target on his own back after
getting into a scuffle with brother Luke late in the first period. Brayden
finally caught the enormous blueliner in a compromising position in the second,
toppling the giant much to color man Keith Jones’ delight. Coatesy added a “Timberrrrrr!!!”

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B. Schenn also might have been energized by snapping a
10-game pointless streak four minutes into the game. He helped keep the NHL’s
top power play rolling with a nifty pass from below the goal line to Mike
Knuble, the crafty veteran drifting into the slot to net his second in as many games.

The final line on Schenn included seven hits total and 9-for-13
on faceoffs. It was easily the 21-year-old’s best performance in quite some time,
which one can only hope is a sign of things to come.

Matt Read, another of the club’s struggling second-year
players, ended a drought of his own. He lit the lamp for the first time since
February 18 to put the Flyers ahead 2-0.

The Bruins managed to climb within one in the third period,
but Orange & Black would slam the door with an empty netter.

Also of note, Oliver Lauridsen looked fine in his first NHL
start. He took a penalty on his first shift, but quickly settled down. He
finished with three blocked shots, three hits, made a few nifty plays, and
fired a shot on a goal in 17-plus minutes of ice time.

The win probably doesn’t mean a lot in the grand scheme, but
if nothing else it was good to see some of the young guys finally making things
happen. We all want the organization to stand behind a kid like Brayden Schenn,
and it’s nice to be rewarded with a big game once in awhile.

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Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

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The Associated Press

Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

After winning its first American Athletic Conference championship Saturday, Temple learned its postseason fate Sunday and it does not involve a New Year's Six bowl game.

The Owls will play in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland. Their opponent will be announced at 4 p.m. Temple also finished No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and No. 23 in the AP poll.

At 10-3, Temple has its first back-to-back 10-win season in program history. It's also the first time the Owls have been ranked in consecutive seasons. Head coach Matt Rhule now has 28 wins as Temple's head coach, tying him with Bruce Arians' for the sixth-most in school history.

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers (13-10-3) at Predators (11-8-4)
6 p.m. on CSN and CSNPhilly.com

The Flyers have won a season-high four games in a row. They'll try to make it five Sunday night when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for the second game of a back-to-back set.

Let's take a look at five things you need to know.

1. Streaking like 2014?
Not only do the Flyers have a chance to extend their season-best winning streak, but they're also looking to win their most consecutive games since March 15-22, 2014, when they also won five straight.

The Flyers have put up strong showings in the back ends of back-to-backs, going 4-1-1 thus far.

“You just have to have the work ethic night in and night out," Steve Mason said Saturday after the Flyers' 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. "And, I think we were struggling to find that. There are games when we were swarming and giving teams no other option, and other nights we were chasing the puck.

"We have another tough test going to Nashville to play. So, we’re going to have to follow up with another great effort.” 

2. A Provorov encore?
Ivan Provorov's confidence has to be at his highest of the season.

In Saturday's win, the 19-year-old blueliner scored two goals in a 31-second span to double his goal total through the first 25 games.

Provorov said he thinks defense first, but the offensive production is a good sign.

“Score one goal in a game, it’s a good feeling. Score two in one shift, it’s unbelievable,” Provorov said.

“Every time you score, it’s like a confidence booster."

3. Predators finding stride
After losing eight of their first 11 games, Peter Laviolette's Predators have gotten on track, going 8-3-1 since.

Nashville ranks in the top half of the league in goals per game (3.00 — tied for fifth), goals against per game (2.61 — 15th), power-play percentage (22.6 — sixth) and penalty-kill percentage (84.5 — 10th).

Last time out, the Predators blew a 4-1 lead in the third period for a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils on Saturday, so they should be extra focused.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: On Saturday, Brayden Schenn scored just his second goal in his past 18 games. Schenn can be streaky so maybe he feeds off that goal. He's also a career plus-4 against the Predators, with two goals and three assists in eight games.

Predators: Let's go P.K. Subban, who isn't exactly a favorite among Flyers fans. He's off to a nice start in his first season in Nashville with six goals and 10 assists, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games.

5. This and that
• Flyers goalie Steve Mason is 7-7-5 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 20 career games against the Predators.

• Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is 3-2-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in seven career games against the Flyers.

• Claude Giroux is four assists away from passing Rick MacLeish (369) and Eric Lindros (369) for fifth on the Flyers’ all-time list.