Luke Schenn has made a name for himself as one of the hardest-hitting players in the league. This weekend, he passed Brooks Orpik for most hits by a defenseman since the stat has been recorded. He had a six-hit night against the Dallas Stars, and in his 888th game, he overtook the Nr. 1 spot on the list with 2,947 hits.
Luke Schenn was honored by his teammates and the Canucks for the impressive record, but he humbly said he ’doesn’t really think about it.’
Well, Luke Schenn is 33 and will keep hitting opponents for several years. Last night, against the Montreal Canadiens, he showed just how great of a body-checker he really is.
In the first period, Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovsky had the puck behind the Canucks goal.
He didn’t see Luke Schenn coming, and he was absolutely steamrolled by the Nr. 1 hitter of all time.
The hit was as hard as it was good, and Slafkovsky was shaken up as he eventually stood up again. And although the hit was clean, rookie sensation Arber Xhekaj wanted to defend his fellow rookie teammate, so he dropped the gloves to fight Schenn. Schenn didn’t take long to answer, and Xhekaj quickly fell over on the ice.
Luke Schenn’s hitting ability and willingness to stand up for his teammates have made him a valuable player for the Canucks, and he will surely continue to be a dominant force on the ice for years to come.
Montreal took a 4-0 lead into the first intermission, but the Canucks had five unanswered goals in the second and third period. The game was tied 6-6 in regulation until Elias Pettersson scored 13 seconds into overtime.