MONTREAL – Getting Scott Gomez
mad isn’t a good idea. Just ask the Thrashers.
It may have taken overtime and a shootout to get there, but Scott Gomez
finally properly introduced himself to his new fans. The author of the deciding shootout goal and being in the middle of a momentum turning borderline scrap in overtime, Gomez did it all, much to the delight of the Bell Centre faithful.
“I don’t know what happened tonight. I wore a nice suit, maybe that’s it,” joked Gomez. “It’s a Canali jacket and I felt pretty good when I got to the rink tonight. Maybe that explains it.”
While Gomez wasn’t done dolling out the one-liners after saving the day for the Habs, his true lucky charm(s) were eventually revealed.
“My parents have been here all week and the way things were going for the team of late, it was about time for them to leave. But now, they have to stick around a little while longer,” laughed Scott of Carlos and Dalia Gomez being in attendance. “I think it was just time for this losing streak to end. We were fed up and we gave a good effort tonight.”
It all wouldn’t have ended in a good way for the Canadiens had Gomez not fired a laser of a wrist shot past Ondrej Pavelec on his shootout attempt.
“Sometimes you just make a wish and good things happen. The only problem with scoring a goal on a shot like that for me is when I get back to the bench and the guys are all surprised that I can shoot like that. I’ll never hear the end of it,” continued a smiling Gomez, shaking his head.
It was a busy night for Gomez who also laid the smack down on Slava Kozlov after the latter drove Gomez dangerously into the boards in overtime.
“I definitely haven’t seen him drop the gloves too often. I can probably count the number of times I’ve seen it on my right hand,” joked linemate and buddy Gionta. “He’s an intense guy and he responded right away. Scott is capable of really big things on the ice and he proved that tonight.”
With the Habs’ five-game skid now officially toast, Gomez is ready to move on.
“This is the way we need to play at home,” explained the relieved No. 91. “The city was due. We were due.”Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com.
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