An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
By Sarah Kwak
• Just two days after taking a nasty hit into the boards by Capitals rookie Tom Wilson (who dodged a suspension), Flyers forward Brayden Schenn played on Thursday night against the Blue Jackets. He also didn’t take a concussion test, claiming that he was not experiencing symptoms. Right. No sense in chancing it with a test. Never mind that sometimes the onset of apparent symptoms can be delayed for days …
• Meanwhile, Capitals coach Adam Oates continued to defend Wilson. Said the coach: “[Schenn] had every opportunity to resist the hit, and he chose not to.” When will “blame the victim” cease being the standard hockey person’s logic? Probably never.
• Late in the first period on Thursday night, Kings captain Dustin Brown received a five-minute major and game misconduct for a nasty knee-on-knee hit on Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl, who didn’t return to the game. The league will probably look at it.
• Kings’ rookie goalie Martin Jones remained undefeated and continued to amazingly keep pucks out of his net. His extraordinary emergence has some observers saying, “Jonathan who?” and is fueling speculation that L.A. could dangle Ben Scrivens as trade bait.
• Philadelphia put together a feverish comeback on Thursday night against Columbus, scoring five goals in the third period. Highlight? Claude Giroux lifting a filthy backhand with a man draped on his back while falling down. The goal was the 100th of his career, and the game-winner. Philadelphia is now in playoff position. Then again, the Metropolitan Division is not very good.
• It’s official. The Ottawa Senators have entered The Crisis Zone.