Tim Kerr Wanted to be a 20-Goal Scorer, Was Just too Good

Tim Kerr Wanted to be a 20-Goal Scorer, Was Just too Good

As hard as this is for me to admit personally, Simon Gagne was not the greatest No. 12 in team history. I choose to think of it this way, for as talented and successful as Gags indisputably was while a member of the Orange & Black, that other guy must have been unreal.

That other guy was Tim Kerr.

CSNPhilly's Jay Greenberg recently conducted an interview with the man who holds the NHL record for most power play goals in a season (34), shares the league playoff record for most goals in a period (4), and is the only player in Flyers' history to notch four consecutive 50-goal seasons.

In it, Kerr shares the trials and tribulations of what it takes to make it to the top of the National Hockey League, and just how hard it can be to stay there.

Unfortunately plagued with injuries throughout his entire career, it's almost scary to imagine how productive a healthy Kerr could have been...and how many Cups we could have won. The Flyers were without Kerr for both 1985 and 1987 Stanley Cup Finals against Wayne Gretzky's Edmonton Oilers thanks to separate issues with his knee and shoulder.

Described as so normally stoic, the Kerr quotes included in the piece are wonderfully frank, giving you an inside look into one of the most prolific goal scorers in franchise history.

While we've included a few of our favorite comments from the piece here, and a video of his famous four goal period below, we obviously encourage you to check out Greenberg's full interview with Kerr for an in-depth examination of the life and times No. 12.

“I wasn’t excited when I scored because I expected to score. I always said the best job in hockey was to be a 20-goal scorer. Score once every four games and life is good.” —Tim Kerr

“I had a great run, a lot of fun with a great group of guys. Every night going to the rink you felt like we had a good chance to win. It was unfortunate we didn’t win the Cup, but I guess I would be more disappointed if we had a team that didn’t give everything it had." —Tim Kerr

"Take away Edmonton’s best goal scorer, too, and I don’t know where it ends up.” —Former Flyer coach Mike Keenan.

“I don’t hold any regrets, the Flyers treated me great while I was here. My proudest thing in the game was when the Flyers inducted me in their Hall of Fame the year after I retired. I was very honored they did that so quickly, pretty cool.” —Tim Kerr

Before there was ever a John LeClair pouring in goals and taking a pounding in front of the net, there was Tim Kerr.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.