Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 10/21/11

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 rookie a little time to get his feet under him and get used to the speed of play, and he seemed to make some adjustments after the first period.

In the second period, the Flyers, particularly Schenn, dominated play for the majority of the twenty minutes. However, there are two plays that stood out to me.

One came in the defensive end, with a Flyers’ defenseman closely trailing a Capitals player around the Flyers’ net. Schenn dashed in from the slot and threw his weight into the Caps’ player in a big hit that jarred the puck loose. Schenn’s defensive potential is an aspect of his game that is often over-shadowed by his sometimes dominant offensive abilities.

The other play the stood out was a simple one, but it was a flash of what Schenn might bring to the table night in and night out at some point this season.

The play started in the neutral zone, where Schenn grabbed the puck and was headed up ice. He was met by more than one Capitals’ defenseman, but somehow found his way through the D and still had possession on the puck on the other side of the neutral zone.

Schenn also had a few crisp passes that led to scoring chances throughout the game, and his vision on the ice wasn’t indicative of a 20-year-old in his first game with a new club.

Overall, rookie Brayden Schenn deserves a B grade for his performance in his debut with the Flyers. The entire team needed to perform better, but Schenn was solid all night and showed his potential to be a force on both ends of the ice.

For more on the Flyers, follow Buzz on Broad’s Flyers beat writer on Twitter at @CJBurns215

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tim Tebow: ‘I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in’

Olympic athletes warned about Rio's 'human crap' waters

T.J. Ward: Broncos defense doesn’t care who’s playing QB

Tokyo already dealing with rising costs for 2020 Olympics

Bears first-round pick Leonard Floyd carted off practice field

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Bills and Tyrod Taylor continue to talk extension

Report: Title contender planning to poach Curry from Warriors

Fitzpatrick on negotiations: I wouldn’t wish it on anybody

NBA players to fund health insurance for former players

Report: Geno Smith 'intent' on beating out Ryan Fitzpatrick

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill has had his hands tied by coaches

Vlade Divac: Cousins ‘most dominant player in the world’

Royals want to package Ian Kennedy, Wade Davis in trades

Wild offer to make Prince's 'Let's Go Crazy' new goal song

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

Canucks don't dismiss acquiring player with past issues

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ordered to pay $900K to auction house

Six potential landing spots for Nick Foles

Jack Nicklaus puzzled by Tiger Woods' woes, golf absence

Brown responds to Marshall's high-stakes challenge

Seven most mind-boggling NFL contracts of 2016

Is Jackie Bradley Jr. the Red Sox’s MVP?

Did Joey Votto reject kid who asked for his batting gloves?

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker