It hasn’t been much of a season for Scott Gomez.
Last night, while the Montreal Canadiens were in the process of beating a goal-challenged Ottawa Senators‘ team 4-1, Gomez was nursing an injury that forced him out of this game just two shifts into the second period. The official word on Gomez is: Day to day with a “lower body injury”. The UNofficial word on Scott Gomez is: upper-body injury (between the ears) that has left the veteran struggling to find his game this season.
It’s no surprise that Scott Gomez didn’t exactly start the season on fire. Save for his rookie year with the Jersey Devils in 1999, when he teased us with a 70-point campaign, Gomez has been a notoriously slow starter. However, having said that, this season has been downright ridiculous: four goals and five assists for a grand total of nine points through 28 games this season: game 28 last night ending after seven shifts and 5:19 of ice time as a result of his “lower-body injury.”
As recently as last week, it looked as though Gomez had perhaps played his way out of his season-long slump; scoring goals in back-to-back games against the Oilers and the Devils. Gomez told me at the time that he had a conversation with assistant coach Kirk Muller in the days leading up to his two-goal “outburst”; about how Gomez was cheating out there, not getting his nose dirty, and hanging around as a periphery player.
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