Friday, March 6, 2015

Kimmo's Shot in the Dark

Kimmo Timonen finally scores, on his 56th shot of the season.

Kimmo's Shot in the Dark

When Kimmo Timonen opened the Flyers scoring with a power play goal at 9:56 of the first period Thursday night, it was his first goal of the season on his 56th shot.

Below are the Flyers that were held scoreless through a full season with the most shots on goal. All but one on the list were defensemen.

(Brad McCrimmon, who sits atop the list, was killed this past September when a plane carrying the Lokomotiv club for whom he was head coach, crashed in Russia.)

 Player  Season  GP   Shots
 Brad McCrimmon  1983-84   71  106
 Brad Marsh  1985-86  79  104
 Ed Van Impe  1969-70  65    81
 Ed Van Impe  1970-71  77    70
 Luke Richardson  1998-99  78    49
 Myron Stankiewicz (LW)    1968-69  19    43
 Willie Brossart  1971-72  42    42
 Dan McGillis  2002-03  24    41
 Wayne Hillman  1972-73  74    41
 Mark Howe  1990-91  19    40
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