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POSTGAME 5: Leap Day Tricks

by Brian Smith | / Philadelphia Flyers

Brayden Schenn recorded his first career hat trick and Wayne Simmonds added a pair of goals to push the Flyers past the Flames. Calgary opened the scoring with a power play goal from Sean Monahan 6:07 into the first period. Shortly after having one goal reviewed and left a non-goal, Schenn took a feed at the top of the crease and beat Jonas Hiller at 12:25. Simmonds then gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal 4:47 into the second. Then with 4:33 left in the frame, Schenn redirected a perfect shot-pass from Andrew MacDonald past Hiller to give the Flyers a two-goal lead. He completed the hat trick with 1:29 to play in the period, burying the Flyers’ second power play goal of the night. In the third, the Flames scored twice in 50 seconds to pull within a goal, getting one from Micheal Ferland at 10:17 and another from Michael Frolik at 11:07. But Simmonds finished things off with an empty-netter with 36.1 seconds remaining. Michal Neuvirth took the win with 29 saves, while Hiller stopped 24 of the 28 shots he faced.

Schenn’s second goal, which gave the Flyers a 3-1 lead, was the confirmation that he was going to have a dominant night. He was forechecking in the Calgary zone when a puck came off the end boards towards Flames center Joe Colborne. But Schenn lifted Colborne’s stick, allowing the puck to get back to Andrew MacDonald at the point. Schenn immediately rolled off Colborne and went to the right of the net, where MacDonald delivered a perfect shot-pass that Schenn deflected home.

1. Brayden Schenn: In addition to his first career hat trick, he set a new career high with nine shots on goal and also established a new career high for goals in a season with his 21st of the year. Schenn had 13 total shot attempts.

2. Claude Giroux: Recorded his third career game of four or more assists. Giroux had five shot attempts, two hits and was 11-for-19 on faceoffs. Giroux now has seven assists in his last four games.

3. Wayne Simmonds: Scored two goals, including the empty-netter that sealed the win. Simmonds had nine shot attempts and was a plus-2.

Schenn’s hat trick was the Flyers’ first since Vincent Lecavalier had one on Oct. 26, 2013 at NYI, and the first Flyers regular-season hat trick at home since Scott Hartnell had one on January 22, 2012. The Flyers did have a playoff hat trick from Wayne Simmonds in Game 6 of the 2014 playoff series against the Rangers. Schenn previously had 10 career two-goal games… Schenn accounted for 31 percent of the Flyers’ shots on goal in the game… Nick Cousins was 7-for-8 (88 pct) on faceoffs... Five of the Flyers' six defensemen had a point, the first time that's happened since October of 2014. 

“[Schenn] could’ve had 7 goals tonight probably, I thought that first one went in but obviously they didn’t agree. He did a great job going back out there going in front of the net and [Giroux] made an unbelievable pass to him for him to get that first one in for him to get that hat. It was his first career hat trick, it was nice. He played a hell of a game.”

(Wayne Simmonds)

 “This group is pretty strong in the locker room; they’re a pretty tight group. You’d be better off asking the players that question. But with the ceremony here, honoring Mr. Watson, through the trade deadline day, I think we had a lot to play for. This group went out, and other than about seven or eight minutes in the first period where we, well we forgot to keep playing, other than that we did a lot of good things tonight.”

 (Dave Hakstol)

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