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Schenn feels fortunate after crushing hit

The Flyers center says he has a stiff upper back and neck.

Schenn feels fortunate after crushing hit

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Flyers center Brayden Schenn considers himself fortunate after crashing head first into the boards when leveled by Washington’s Tom Wilson during Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center.

Schenn didn’t participate in today’s optional practice, but spoke afterwards and was encouraged.

“There is stiffness, but as far as concussion goes, nothing like that,” Schenn said. “There is stiffness in the upper back and neck.”

According to general manager Paul Holmgren, a formal concussion test wasn't needed following a preliminary evaluation.

Schenn is listed as day to day by the Flyers, who host Columbus on Thursday.

“I would probably say (Schenn is) questionable for tomorrow (but) there is a chance he could play,”  Holmgren said. “We will see tomorrow morning.”

Schenn says that he received a text message from Wilson this morning. The two players are represented by the same agency.

“He reached out to me and I appreciate the text and there is really nothing more than that,” Schenn said.

The NHL Department of Player Safety will have a phone interview with Wilson on Thursday.

Schenn said it was difficult to watch the replay of the event and that he obviously feels fortunate that he didn’t suffer a severe injury.

“I don’t think I have ever gone head first into the boards before without getting my arms up or anything like that.”

Schenn, who stumbled while trying to get off the ice after the hit, before being helped off, says he doesn’t remember much of the play.

“All I do remember is how hard the top of my head hit the board,” he said. “I don’t’ remember trying to get up or anything bad. But the good thing is I don’t a headache or any symptoms today so that is a positive sign.”

Inquirer Staff Writer
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