Video: Brayden Schenn suffers nasty gash from skate blade, scores overtime winner for Flyers

Video: Brayden Schenn suffers nasty gash from skate blade, scores overtime winner for Flyers

There have been numerous bright spots for the Philadelphia Flyers on their most recent six-game road trip. But perhaps nothing on the trip has been brighter than the play of Brayden Schenn, who began the trip with a 15-game goalless drought.

On Tuesday night, the 22-year-old forward capped off the Flyers’ road trip in style but not before a scary incident that could have been much worse than it turned out to be.

Schenn deposited the overtime winner past Marty Brodeur 1 minute, 50 seconds into the extra frame for his third goal of the trip and gave the Flyers a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in Newark, N.J. But it’s a minor miracle he even got to that point in the game.

Early in the second period when the Devils lead 1-0, Schenn delivered what seemed to be a rather innocuous check to the Devils’ Danius Zubrus right in front on the Devils’ bench.

But as Zubrus was falling to the ice, his skate blade went into the air, somehow got underneath Schenn’s sweater and gashed Schenn in the abdominal area. The Flyers’ center immediately went down in agony.

When Schenn got back to the bench, cameras caught the Flyers’ training staff tending to the skate blade wound on his abdomen.

Yeah, that looks like it hurt just a little bit.

Thankfully for Schenn and the Flyers, the injury wasn’t serious and Schenn missed just a single shift.

As far as the game itself goes, the Flyers once again found themselves down heading into the third period on this trip when they headed into Tuesday’s final stanza down 1-0.

But Olympic snub Claude Giroux told Team Canada to shove it when he wristed a power-play goal past Brodeur to tie the game.

Just over 4 minutes later, Scott Hartnell took a cross-ice feed from Schenn on an odd-man rush and slid the puck under Brodeur to give his team a 2-1 lead.

It was not all smooth sailing though as the Flyers - who were on a power play at the time - gave up a goal to the Devils’ Michael Ryder with Brodeur pulled and just 30 seconds left in regulation to tie the contest 2-2 and send it into overtime.

It was in the overtime when Schenn took a beautiful slap pass from Nicklas Grossmann and slammed it home for the Flyers’ victory and a completed 5-1-0 road trip where the team earned 10 of a possible 12 points. It was the Orange and Black’s third third-period comeback win on the six-game road swing.

Not too shabby.

Ray Emery, who has now started all three games against New Jersey this season, was solid between the pipes with 31 saves in the win.

Guess what?

The Flyers finally return home Wednesday night after 11 days on the road when they host the Montreal Canadiens at Wells Fargo Center.

Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni

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Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni

The Sixers are losing a top assistant coach just five months after he joined the team. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical, the Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal to hire Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. According to Wojnarowski, the deal is for four years, with a team option in the final year.  

D'Antoni had been a Sixers associate coach since last December, when the team hired him after starting the season with a 1-26 record. 

While he took a supporting role in Philadelphia, D'Antoni has 12 years of NBA head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Suns (where he worked with Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and special advisor Jerry Colangelo) and, most recently, the Lakers. The 2013-14 Lakers went 27-55 under D'Antoni. 

D’Antoni is 455-426 as a head coach. He won the 2004-05 NBA Coach of the Year Award with the Suns. He also was an assistant coach for gold-winning Team USA men’s national teams.

Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff withdrew himself from consideration for the job earlier this month, and D’Antoni has been considered a top candidate for the position. The Rockets have had four coaches in the past 10 seasons, including Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman, Kevin McHale and Bickerstaff.

The Rockets finished eighth in the Western Conference this season with a 41-41 record. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Warriors, 4-1. 

Earlier in the week, Wojnarowski reported P.J. Carlesimo could take D'Antoni's place. 

Carlesimo, 66, and Sixers head coach Brett Brown were both assistant coaches under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs from 2002-07. Carlesimo also has previous head coaching experience with the Blazers, Warriors and Sonics/Thunder. 

CSNPhilly.com's Dave Zangaro contributed to this story.

Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

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Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials.

Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.

A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” Terminal A at Philadelphia International is overseen by Tinicum Township Police in Delaware County, not by the Philadelphia Police Department. Philadelphia airport security notified Tinicum Township Police. Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning. He was later released on his own recognizance.

A Tinicum Township police spokesman said the investigation is ongoing.

Morris, a Philadelphia native, is in his first full season with the Wizards, who acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in February. The Suns drafted him out of Kansas with the 13th overall pick in 2011. Morris' twin brother Marcus was drafted one pick later by the Houston Rockets before being dealt to Phoenix, where played with his brother for a little more than two seasons. Marcus now plays for the Detroit Pistons. 

Brian Dawkins spotted at Eagles practice and he still looks ripped

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Brian Dawkins spotted at Eagles practice and he still looks ripped

Brian Dawkins, one of the most beloved Eagles off all time and a guy who clearly still hits the gym, was in Philadelphia on Thursday and was spotted at the NovaCare Complex to watch the team practice.

As you can see, Dawkins still has biceps as big as your waist. The team sharing a simple photo of Dawkins got fans all in a tizzy.

Was it a coincidence that Weapon X appeared just days before "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set to hit theaters? Only he knows.

For his part, Dawkins acknowledged that it's better to stay in shape than become a fat old man.