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Booth's busy night puts him in interesting company

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 3:10 PM / NHL Insider

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Booth's busy night puts him in interesting company
After getting hit in the knee late in Wednesday's win against the Thrashers, Panthers forward David Booth wasn't sure if he'd be healthy enough to play Thursday against the Bruins.
After getting hit in the knee late in Wednesday's win against the Thrashers, Panthers forward David Booth wasn't sure if he'd be healthy enough to play Thursday against the Bruins.

His knee was fine, but his arms might be a bit sore today.

Booth fired 14 shots on goal Thursday, becoming just the third player in the past six seasons to take at least 14 shots in a game.

The only players with more shots in a single game since the start of the 2005-06 season were the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, who had 2 goals on 15 shots Oct 7, 2006, in a 5-2 win against the Hurricanes, and Marian Hossa, who scored 1 goal on 16 shots Nov. 1, 2006 for the Thrashers in a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.

Booth, however, was held off the score sheet in the Panthers' 4-0 loss to the Bruins. His 14 shots were the most by a player in a game in which he didn't score a goal since the Flyers' Eric Lindros had 14 shots against the New York Islanders on March 19, 1996.

"I just kept shooting. There were rebounds I could have gotten to," Booth told the Miami Herald. "It was a 1-0 game, we were right there, we out-shot them. We didn't get the two points, but if we keep playing like that, we'll find success."

Booth had six shots in the first period, five in the second and three in the third. He also had three shots blocked and missed the net on two attempts.

To put Booth's night into perspective, his 14 shots are four fewer than teammates Mike Weaver (10) and Darcy Hordichuk (eight) have combined this season. In fact, those are two of the 252 players this season who have fewer shots on the season than Booth had in one game.

His big night gives him 75 shots on the season, tied for eighth-most in the League, but he has just 5 goals, and his 6.7-percent shooting rate has him ranked No. 256 in the League.

Booth has accumulated his 75 shots in 17 games. However, 29 skaters have played 17 or more games and have totaled 14 shots or fewer, among them the Ducks' George Parros (20 games, 14 shots), the Flyers' Sean O'Donnell (20 games, 11 shots) and Jody Shelley (20 games, eight shots), the Lightning's Mike Lundin (19 games, 13 shots) and the Capitals' Karl Alzner (19 games, 14 shots), John Erskine (19 games, 12 shots) and Jeff Schultz (19 games, 11 shots).

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com
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