There are plenty of things that a box score or score sheet won’t tell you what actually happened in a particular game.
For instance, a box score won’t tell you that the Flyers weren’t exactly dominated in their 5-2 loss to the Washington Capitals last night. It won’t tell you the string of bad luck that hit them, and particularly Ilya Bryzgalov. A box score also won’t tell you exactly how Brayden Schenn fared in his debut with the Flyers last night, but I will.
Sure, you could check the stats from last night and see that Schenn saw 11:03 of ice time, most of it coming even strength (10:42). You could also look at the numbers and see that Schenn, along with Scott Hartnell, was a -3 for the game. You could even notice that the 20-year-old registered just one shot on goal, but what does it all mean?
The numbers tell just a small portion of the story of Schenn’s first game as a Flyer. Sure, he was a minus for the night, but he played much better than any stat suggests. It took the ro...