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Tommy on the spot

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – The second call-up might prove to be the charm for Tom Pyatt.

The latest in reinforcements from the farm, Pyatt must’ve made good use of his two practices skating on a line with Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta this week, with the young winger picking up his first career NHL points and goal with a goal and an assist against the mighty Capitals.

“I remember Tom showing a lot of good things at training camp. He brought a lot of speed and showed how intelligent a player he is,” recalled Habs head coach Jacques Martin. “We called him up because we thought he would be a good fit on that Gionta-Gomez line. He played a really strong game for us tonight.” 

With the best seat in the house to soak in Pyatt’s breakout night, Gionta was just equally  impressed with the 21-year-old.

“I think Tom handled himself great and played really well. We also generated a lot of chances as a line,” said Gionta of Pyatt’s first spin alongside the two longtime former Devils linemates. “He made things happen out there. It was obviously a big thrill for him to score his first NHL goal and for us older guys, it’s always exciting to see a kid get that first one.”

No one had to remind Pyatt that his linemates are no slouches in their own right. Acquired in the deal that brought Gomez to Montreal just prior to July 1, Pyatt wasn’t about to bite the hands that literally feeds him.

“There are no excuses when you’re playing with two guys who are that talented. You just have to go to the net, keep things simple and good things will happen,” shrugged Pyatt who did precisely that against the Caps with seven shots in his over 16 minutes of ice time. “It’s definitely really exciting to get my first NHL goal. I’ve been waiting 20 games for this moment. I was surprised the net was that open, actually.”

He may have to get used to that if he keeps riding shotgun on the Gomez-Gionta Express. 

Manny Almela is a writer for

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