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Brayden Schenn suspended one game for Volchenkov headshot

Jan 23, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

Philadelphia forward Brayden Schenn has been suspended one game for a hit to the head of Anton Volchenkov during the Flyers’ 3-0 loss to New Jersey on Tuesday.

The incident occurred midway through the second period, and Schenn was not penalized on the play.

Here’s the video explanation from NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan:

Schenn will miss Philadelphia’s next game — Thursday’s home date against the Rangers — and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $4,702.70 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Of note, this is Shanahan’s first disciplinary ruling of the 2013 season and his first suspension since dinging then-Rangers forward Brandon Prust one game for elbowing during the Eastern Conference final.

(Ironically, the Prust suspension was for elbowing — yup — Anton Volchenkov.)

  1. jimw81 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Why even have Charging in the rule book if refs aren’t going to call it and follow it up with discipline after fact?

    • sabatimus - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:51 PM

      Um, the latter just happened. The former was sheer idiocy on the ref that was looking right at it.

      • jimw81 - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

        refs never called it if you were watching the game. Remember, only Kronwall can leave his feet and have it be called a good, clean, legal hit. Schenn? No Dice.

      • sabatimus - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Did I not just imply that the refs didn’t make the call when they should have? The “sheer idiocy” comment? Do I really have to spell it out?

      • jimw81 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        funny part of this suspension is that Anton Volchenkov told Schenn “good clean hit” right after the hit and NHL and Shanaban don’t know.

      • 19to77 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        According to…?

      • jimw81 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        said after the game. this is suspension covering up for refs mistakes. I hope he appeals it.

      • jimw81 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

        it was said after the game. this is a suspension covering up for refs mistakes.

      • sabatimus - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

        Wow. If anything, the suspension (and the review process itself) helps MITIGATE the refs’ mistakes.

  2. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Meh. Schenn had a score to settle.

  3. sabatimus - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Nice. They got him for it. Ordinarily I’d say one game wasn’t enough, but this is a 48-game season.

  4. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Cue the tears and complaining about everything and anything that doesn’t explain being 6 inches off the ice as you make contact in…….

  5. gbar22 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    I fail to see what exactly is ironic…

    • sheckyrimshot - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      you know.. its like rain… on your wedding day…

      • sabatimus - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

        Thanks Alanis, who was herself ironic for writing a song called “Ironic” that wasn’t ironic.

  6. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Deserve suspension – the best part of it is now that he has a “history”, his crap will be watched. What a d-bag.

    • tcclark - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      pot calling the kettle black?

  7. 87eatsyourmom - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    typical filthy scumbag

    • tcclark - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Really? Scumbag? Your handle is 87eatsyourmom…

      What’s with the hypocrites from pittsburgh?

  8. pens5829 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Time to delete all those posts about how dirty the Pens are…

  9. puckmepuckyou - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Every team has at least one guy someone else is gonna call cheap or dirty. Welcome to the game of hockey! The ref who missed the call should be fined. It’s their inability that also put the player in danger. Make the Zebras accountable also.

    • bloominoctober - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      I’d like to know which player for the Devils would be classified as ‘dirty’

  10. cameltoews - Jan 23, 2013 at 11:44 PM


  11. phillyphannn83 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    he left his feet, deserved a penalty and I don’t see a problem with the suspension either. there’s no need to leave your feet to make the hit harder, just make it hard in the first place.

    on another note, maybe Volchenkov has an uncanny ability to brings these hits upon himself.

    and one more note, there’s quite a few posters here that have apparently never looked up ironic in the dictionary.

  12. csilojohnson - Jan 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM


  13. tcclark - Jan 24, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    I immediatelty thought suspension when i saw it. I have no problem with it. I have yet to see the complaining from philly fans that i was promised

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