Brayden Schenn shakes off cut to net game-winner
Brayden Schenn celebrates after scoring the game-winner in the Flyers' 3-2 OT win over the Devils. (AP)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Dainius Zubrus’ skate came up under Brayden Schenn’s jersey and touched bare skin, cutting the Flyers’ forward laterally down his left side.
He could easily have been a sliced fish.
“I got lucky there, obviously,” Schenn said. “I don’t wear a shirt underneath my gear. I should probably change that. I went to go hit Zubrus and the skate rode up and hit me in the stomach. It could have been a lot worse. Just a little scrape.”
Enough to keep the Flyers forward in the game and good thing, too, because his goal in overtime gave his club a 3-2 victory over the Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday night (see Instant Replay). Schenn's game-winner was his fourth goal in the last five games.
Ray Emery picked up his fifth win in net and was outstanding in keeping the score 1-0 into the third period when the Devils could have easily had four goals.
Officially, the Flyers return home 5-1 off their extended road trip in which they won four games by coming from behind. In fact, nine of their last 12 wins overall have been comeback victories.
“It’s confidence,” coach Craig Berube said. “They know they can win games. Whether down or tied or leading, they’ve done a good job either way. We’re down a goal or two, they come out and know they got to give a little extra, try a little more to get back in the game.
“We got the lead, doing a good job holding it, doing the right things offensively and defensively. But it’s more confidence knowing we can win the game.”
The Flyers needed it, too, because they gave up an early goal to Adam Henrique in the first minute but didn’t panic. They stayed with the game plan, though lacking energy, tied the game in the third period, then lost the lead late and still didn’t panic going into overtime.
“It’s been a long road trip,” Jakub Voracek said. “We played pretty well since the second periods and tonight was another. It’s a tough building to play in. They are a very tough team here. We stayed patient. It paid off in the end.
“When you start winning, you get confidence in yourself. The attitude on the bench is if we are down or up or we are tied, we always have a winning attitude. That is what a winning team has to have, a winning attitude, and we showed that the last two months.”
The victory increased the Flyers' lead over others as the second team in the Metropolitan Division. The Flyers now have 48 points -- two more than Washington in third place and five ahead of the Devils who are sixth in the division.
The start was brutal and Berube said he spoke to his club between periods about competing harder which the Flyers did.
Henrique’s goal held until Claude Giroux’s tied it early in the third and then Scott Hartnell gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead, which they would lose at period’s end with the Devils shorthanded and attacking with an extra skater anyway.
“We should have had [Marek Zidlicky's pass] covered, but we came up with a huge two points in the overtime,” Voracek said.
Indeed, the Flyers won with Schenn’s goal off the rush at 3:10 of OT against Devils goalie Marty Brodeur.
“I came off the bench and Simmer [Wayne Simmonds] was doing some hard work down in the corner,” Schenn said. “We got it up to [Nick] Grossmann who snuck in behind the guys and made a nice slap pass [to me], and I was looking at an empty cage.”