The Flyers show resiliency in coming back to beat the Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- When Brayden Schenn scored the goal that snapped his 16-game goalless drought Monday night, his brother Luke might have been more relieved than he was.
Luke Schenn, technically, scored the Canucks’ third-period go-ahead goal, as the rebound of Daniel Sedin’s shot deflected off him and past goalie Steve Mason. But it was his brother who scored with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and push the Flyers to an eventual 4-3 shootout victory (see game story).
“He said, ‘Thanks for bailing me out,’” Brayden Schenn said. “He said, ‘I got one and you got one.’ It feels good to get a game-tyer.”
Brayden started this season rather strong, at one point leading the Flyers in points. Since then, he’s cooled off significantly. He’s had a rough stretch that included a scary hit from Capitals forward Tom Wilson.
On Monday, though, he was able to come through for his teammates and his brother.
“They always have their backs, and tonight they proved it,” Claude Giroux said. “It’s good for Brayden to get that goal. He was telling me before the game how it just won’t go in for him. He did what he does best, he went to the net and the puck was right there. Looks like an easy goal, but you’ve got to go to the net to get those goals.”
All along, Schenn approached his goalless drought with a maturity beyond his 22 years. He knew he was doing the right things, that it was only a matter of time before he’d finally get one.
Scoring his first goal since Nov. 23, though, was a big relief.
“It feels good,” Schenn said. “Long overdue. Monkey off the back. Obviously a weight lifted off your shoulders when you don’t score and however many games it was, you tend to think out there a little more than normal and hopefully I can keep it going.”
Mason, it should be noted, didn’t criticize Luke Schenn for Sedin’s goal. But he said it was nice to see one Schenn come through for the other.
“A little brotherly love there,” Mason said. “Luke’s just trying to get back to the net there, I was putting my rebound where I wanted to, and it was just an unfortunate bounce. Things like that happen. It’s unfortunate that it put us in that position, but we were able to come out of it, so that’s good.”
The Flyers allowed a season-high 44 shots in their win in Vancouver. ... Michael Raffl registered two assists two days after scoring the shootout winner in Edmonton. ... Mason has won five starts in a row and has gone eight consecutive starts without a regulation loss.