We caught up with Sens centre Scott Gomez after the morning skate for a quick chat before hosting the league-leading Washington Capitals tonight...
On how's his fitting in with the team so far:
Good. Obviously wins are the most important thing. It's an easy group to get accustomed too. I've been around awhile so a new locker room is nothing new but they're great young guys here. The potential is there and it's going to be a good hockey club for awhile. Hopefully we can finish strong. Winning is contagious and that's what you have to learn. You have to learn how to beat these teams (Washington) and learn to beat any team that comes in...especially this time of year. Tonight's a huge challenge.
On staying out after practice to work with some of the younger players:
The main thing is that it's what I was taught, little tricks of the trade. After every practice guys like Bobby Holik, Randy McKay, Scott Stevens and Niedermayer sometimes they show you stuff that's going to happen in the game to help you out. Last year especially playing for Adam Oates and Scott Stevens, there are so many tricks to this game that I didn't even know that you learn later on: angles, how to body position when a puck is coming certain ways. Like I said, it's up to the guy if he wants to learn or not but I've done that for awhile. It's time to get work done. I've been working with Puempel here a bit and it's been fun. As long as they know it's not coming from me, this is what was passed down to me and that's the most important thing. You're there to give back. I was raised that way in this league and raised that way at home.
On using tonight's game against the Capitals as a measuring stick:
Washington has put themselves in that situation where, whether they like it or not, every team is going after them and they've done a great job. The little things you're going to have to do to beat these guys, this is where discipline comes in so you bet it's a measuring stick and that's what you look forward too.
On seeing the team and city rally behind Stu Schwartz:
I've been around a lot of rooms now and one thing I can tell is the people of Ottawa and the fans, just the support they give and they've always been such nice people. I've had some big games here against them but they've always shown so much respect so for the organization to giveback like that, you can tell it's a close knit group with the team and the community. Like I said, being in certain areas and certain places and then you come here...it's the way it should be. It's the way that the NHL and a professional sports team should be able to give back to the guy.