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.

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

NEW YORK -- Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short.

Steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were passed over for the fifth straight year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But they received a majority of votes for the first time and could be in position to gain election in coming years.

Bagwell , on the ballot for the seventh time after falling 15 votes short last year, received 381 of 442 votes for 86.2 percent. Players needed 75 percent, which came to 332 votes this year.

"Anxiety was very, very high," Bagwell said. "I wrote it on a ball tonight. It was kind of cool."

In his 10th and final year of eligibility, Raines was on 380 ballots (86 percent). Rodriguez received 336 votes (76 percent) to join Johnny Bench in 1989 as the only catchers elected on the first ballot.

Hoffman was five votes shy and Guerrero 15 short.

Edgar Martinez was next at 58.6 percent, followed by Clemens at 54.1 percent, Bonds at 53.8 percent, Mike Mussina at 51.8 percent, Curt Schilling at 45 percent, Lee Smith at 34.2 percent and Manny Ramirez at 23.8 percent.

Players will be inducted July 30 during ceremonies at Cooperstown along with former Commissioner Bud Selig and retired Kansas City and Atlanta executive John Schuerholz, both elected last month by a veterans committee.

Bagwell was a four-time All-Star who spent his entire career with Houston, finishing with a .297 batting average, 401 homers and 1,401 RBIs.

Raines, fifth in career stolen bases, was a seven-time All-Star and the 1986 NL batting champion. He spent 13 of 23 big league seasons with the Montreal Expos, who left Canada to become the Washington Nationals for the 2005 season, and joins Andre Dawson and Gary Carter as the only players to enter the Hall representing the Expos.

Raines hit .294 with a .385 on-base percentage, playing during a time when Rickey Henderson was the sport's dominant speedster.

Rodriguez, a 14-time All-Star who hit .296 with 311 homers and 1,332 RBIs, was never disciplined for PEDs but former Texas teammate Jose Canseco alleged in a 2005 book that he injected the catcher with steroids. Asked whether he was on the list of players who allegedly tested positive for steroids during baseball's 2003 survey, Rodriguez said in 2009: "Only God knows."

Bonds, a seven-time MVP who holds the season and career home run records, received 36.2 percent in his initial appearance, in 2013, and jumped from 44.3 percent last year. Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, rose from 45.2 percent last year.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied to a grand jury in 2003 when he denied using PEDs, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on three counts he made false statements and convicted him on one obstruction of justice count, finding he gave an evasive answer. The conviction was overturned appeal in 2015.

Clemens was acquitted on one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements to Congress and two counts of perjury, all stemming from his denials of drug use.

A 12-time All-Star on the ballot for the first time, Ramirez was twice suspended for violating baseball's drug agreement. He helped the Boston Red Sox win World Series titles in 2004 and `07, the first for the franchise since 1918, and hit .312 with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs in 19 big league seasons.

Several notable players will join them in the competition for votes in upcoming years: Chipper Jones and Jim Thome in 2018, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay in 2019, and Derek Jeter in 2020.

Lee Smith, who had 478 saves, got 34 percent in his final time on the ballot. Jorge Posada, Tim Wakefield and Magglio Ordonez were among the players who got under 5 percent and fell off future ballots.

Brown: 'No chance' Ben Simmons plays vs. Rockets next week

Brown: 'No chance' Ben Simmons plays vs. Rockets next week

Brett Brown squashed any chatter of Ben Simmons playing in the Sixers’ Jan. 27 nationally televised game against the Rockets.

“There is no chance,” Brown said Wednesday before the Sixers took on the Raptors.

On Tuesday the NBA announced the Sixers' matchup with the Rockets was added to the ESPN lineup while the Heat at Bulls game was dropped. 

That night, Simmons posted two photos on Instagram: a picture of him in Sixers warmup gear at the Wells Fargo Center with the staring eyes emoji and later a post of himself working out at the training complex. 

“I am a social media hermit. I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Brown said. “But I do know that there is no chance that he will play then.”

Simmons has been sidelined the entire season since suffering a Jones fracture in his right foot during training camp. The team has reiterated there is no timetable for his return.