By: Adam Gretz
PHILADELPHIA -- Brayden Schenn was one of the key players acquired over the summer by Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren during his overhaul of the teams roster, going to Philadelphia in the trade that sent former captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles.
One of the top prospects in the NHL, Schenn entered Monday's Winter Classic having appeared in just eight games for the Flyers after starting the season in the American Hockey League (mainly for salary cap purposes) and missing some time with concussion symptoms. He had yet to record a point for the Flyers or score a goal in the NHL.
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That all changed at the 12:26 mark of the second period when he snapped a scoreless tie, breaking the ice on what had been 32 minutes of scoreless hockey.
After a Matt Carle shot from the point was stopped by Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Schenn drove to the front of the net and banged in the rebound.
"It went in and I kind of almost blacked out I got so excited," said Schenn after the game. "It's good to get out of the way, and the family and friends were in town to see that so it was nice to score and get it today, but the win would have been just as nice."
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