Playoff elimination won’t save you from the long arm of Player Safety.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a charging/illegal hit to the head call against Washington’s T.J. Oshie in a game where the Flyers were eliminated from the postseason.
That the DoPs has both charging and illegal check to the head in their announcement may be a bad sign for Schenn. No penalty was assessed on the play, so the league has retroactively decided that the hit was not just a shot to Oshie’s head, but charging.
Oshie left the game after the hit, but then returned for the start of the third period.
Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn will have a hearing tomorrow for charging/illegal check to the head on Washington's T.J. Oshie.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 25, 2016
There were reports that Schenn might be entering what was his final game of the season with the league keeping a close eye on him. He had been exploding into checks in a way that had him leaving his feet, and was also seen giving a very late cross check to the knee of Evgeny Kuznetsov in Game 4.
Schenn later called the hit on Kuznetsov “a pretty dumb play by me.”
That cheap shot to Kuznetsov’s knee was the start of a feud between Schenn and Oshie. They fought off a faceoff to start Game 5 and tangled a few times on the ice, prior to the below hit that has earned Schenn a date with the DoPS.
Should Schenn receive a suspension, it will start on opening day of the 2016-17 season.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.