PHILADELPHIA -- The first rule tonight when the Leafs' Luke Schenn goes against the Flyers' Brayden Schenn? No fighting.
It's a message Rita and Jeff Schenn have drummed into their boys' heads so much, they don't even have to tell them anymore.
"I've said that so many times, they've heard it at home," Rita told NHL.com this morning. "They said mom, you don't have to tell us anymore. It won't happen."
But if it did, who would win?
"I would," Luke said with no hesitation. "I would definitely win, no doubt."
Braydon had already left, so there was no chance for a rebuttal. However, Luke is the older brother in both age and size, so the guess is he might be right.
But what stands out is how close the pair is. They're just over a year and a half apart in age, and while hockey has kept them apart, they talk daily.
"That's important," said Rita. "I'm glad they have that relationship. They do talk daily, I don't know how many times a day. When they're on their teams, for sure it's business. They're competitive, but when they get off, it's back to what they know, just brothers."
So who will the family be rooting for? Rita and Jeff will cheer equally -- Luke said Jeff told the family at dinner he wishes there still were tie games -- but the family's two younger sisters divided their older brothers. Macy, 10, will wear a Leafs jersey, while Madison, 14, will wear a Flyers jersey.
While their clothes will split, their loyalty only is to the name on the back.
Madison said she'll be happy if the Flyers score, but added, "If the Leafs do something I'm going to jump up, too."
Here's Brayden discussing tonight's game with the media following the Flyers' practice:
And here's Luke's time with the press following the Leafs' skate:
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