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Why shots aren't a big deal

A couple weeks ago, a player, miffed about a negative tweet I had, pointed out to me just how many shots on goal he had accumulated in a loss.

Aside from plus/minus rating, is there a more meaningless statistic in hockey as it pertains to the quality of play?

Look at tonight's game between the Komets and Cincinnati Cyclones. Fort Wayne had the game's first seven shots, didn't allow one until the 7:38 mark, yet the Komets trail 1-0 after one period.

Shots are meaningless if you don't bury them and if your defense is porous.

Cincinnati's John McFarland scored by skating from his own blue line, through two defenseman and beating goalie Marco Cousineau between the legs.

On the positive side, this is the first game in ages in which the Komets did oushoot the opposition early on.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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