Pens' Asham, Neal facing punishment

Pittsburgh Penguins' Arron Asham (R) cross checks Philadelphia Flyers' Brayden Schenn during the...

Pittsburgh Penguins' Arron Asham (R) cross checks Philadelphia Flyers' Brayden Schenn during the first period in Game 3 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff hockey series in Philadelphia, April 15, 2012. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

MIKE ZESBERGER, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:31 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - Brayden Schenn didn’t see it coming.

Neither did Sean Couturier.

That both Philadelphia Flyers youngsters were around to speak about the respective cheapshots they absorbed from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday was one of the few bright lights in an otherwise ugly afternoon of hockey.

Consider that Schenn and Couturier had each spent time lying on the ice in front of a hushed capacity crowd during the Flyers 8-4 victory.

In the first period, Schenn had just flattened the Pens Paul Martin with an illegal charge when Arron Asham crushed him to the ice, then punched him while he was down. Asham received a match penalty for attempt to injure, meaning he is suspended indefinitely.

“I didn’t expect it,” Schenn said. “But I’m ok.

“That was the most intense atmosphere I’ve ever played in. It was fun.”

Fun. That’s the same word Couturier used about the game, even though he had been blindsided by James Neal in the third period. Couturier, for the record, didn’t have the puck.

“I’m all right,” he said, smiling.

Asham certainly won’t be once the league makes a ruling. And don’t be surprised if Neal gets at least a fine, too.

 

- Mike Zeisberger

 


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