MONTREAL – Patience has always been a virtue for Josh Gorges
since joining the Canadiens two seasons ago, but when it came to awaiting his first goal as a Hab, enough was enough.
Midway through the first period on Monday night against the Islanders, the defenseman played an uncharacteristic role for Montreal - power play quarterback. When his blast from the point evaded New York netminder Joey MacDonald, it was not only a much-needed marker with the man advantage, it was also his first in a Habs jersey.
“Kovy and Pleky did a great job on the wall winning the battle and he sucked a couple of guys in like he usually does and I had time to shoot. I really just buried my head and took the shot,” explained the 24-year-old blue-liner of his first goal in 89 games with the Canadiens. “I kind of got lucky and found a hole and it went in.
“It’s nice, it’s been a long time. I don’t even remember the last time I scored,” he laughed. “Obviously it’s nice to contribute, it’s nice to get the goal, but ultimately we want to get the two points and we fell short of that tonight.”
Despite his newly-minted sniper status, Gorges still isn’t a big fan of settling a game in a shootout. Given that Monday was the fourth game in their last five that the Canadiens have needed more than 65 minutes to determine a winner, it doesn’t seem like he’s seen the last of them.
“I don’t like the idea of a game being decided in a shootout, but I’m a believer that one team should get the two points. It’s one of those things that I don’t have control over – I don’t shoot anyways,” continued Gorges. “One goal isn’t going to get me into the shootout. I think it will come down to about the 18th shooter before I go in there.”
Gorges may not be getting the call for the shootout any time soon, but at least now the marksman can carry a little less weight around on his shoulders.Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com