We were extremely happy with Scott Gomez in game one. So happy in fact, that we were willing to forgive and forget. Some even went as far as saying that it’s the playoffs when Gomez shines and earns his money and we shouldn’t be concerned about his lack of production during the regular season.
I was ready to eat the several thousand words I had slammed Gomez with over the past six months.
That was game one. Games two and three, Gomez was back to normal - laughing, not doing much, just being Scott Gomez.
Which brings me to Jack Todd. Sometimes I strongly disagree with the Montreal Gazette writer and his ramblings, and other times I love what he does and admire him. When the Forum closed down, for instance, Todd wrote a beautiful piece about the ghosts of Morenz and others long gone, skating out on Forum ice for one last time after everyone had gone home. It reminded me somewhat of WP Kinsella’s whimsical Field of Dreams
I can be angry at Todd, like the time he insisted Montreal fans have no right to say “we” when talking about the team. I took offence to that and have never stopped saying “we.” Right now, I feel “we” can go a long way if every player shows up on a nightly basis.
In the Gazette, Todd writes about Gomez playing in the final minutes of the Canadiens loss to Boston in game three, how the player stayed out far beyond the time he should have, and was a non-entity throughout. I agree with the long-time Montreal writer, and the article makes me seethe about this overpaid and underproductive number eleven.
Here’s the story - Centre of Attention. I’m thinking you might agree with Mr. Todd this time too.
And no, I’m not ready to forgive and forget Gomez’s pathetic regular season. Not yet. Not until he shows up every night in this postseason and makes a huge difference. Like in game one.