The Devils do not expect Scott Gomez to receive any further punishment for his elbow to Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin’s mouth and subsequent game misconduct penalty Friday night at Prudential Center.
In fact, they were surprised Gomez got the major penalty in response to a shove from Emelin that sent the Devils’ center tumbling into the end boards a few moments earlier in the second period.
“I didn’t think it was bad when I saw it. I thought it was really exaggerated once I looked at it over,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “But that’s a call in the official’s hands. Nothing we can do about it.”
New Jersey Devils forward Scott Gomez was given a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct for catching Alexei Emelin in the face with a right elbow.
The incident occurred late in the second period. The puck was along the boards, with Gomez standing nearby and Emelin shadowing him. As Emelin got closer, Gomez threw up the elbow, triggering a response from the Canadiens.
The Habs were unable to score on the five-minute power play.
Just before Gomez threw the elbow, Emelin had caught the veteran forward with a heavy hit into the end boards, as the two players went for a loose puck.
The Montreal Canadiens will have defenseman Alexei Emelin back in the lineup tonight for their Atlantic Division showdown in Tampa Bay.
Emelin has been out since getting hurt Feb. 18 in Ottawa. The 28-year-old is most likely to replace Greg Pateryn in the lineup, though nothing has been confirmed.
With a regulation win tonight, the Habs would move four points clear of the Lightning for top spot in the Atlantic, plus they’d still hold a game in hand. Obviously, a regulation loss would mean a tie in points.
The two teams play once more down the stretch, on March 30 in Montreal.
The Lighting have won all three of the meetings so far this season.
Trade: Montreal acquires Petry from Edmonton for two draft picks
The Montreal Canadiens struck first on trade deadline day by acquiring defenseman Jeff Petry from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a 2015 second-round selection and a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick.
That second pick will become a fourth rounder if Montreal wins its first-round series and a third-rounder if the Canadiens make it to the Eastern Conference Final, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.
Petry is being brought in after blueliner Alexei Emelin sustained a shoulder injury on Feb. 18 that might keep him on the sidelines for another couple weeks. Once Emelin`s healthy, Montreal will have a deep defensive group that also includes Sergei Gonchar and Tom Gilbert and is led by P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov.
Petry has four goals and 15 points in 59 contests and has logged 20:57 minutes per game with Edmonton in 2014-15. The 27-year-old has been used in both power play and penalty killing situations. He also ranks near the bottom of the league with a minus-25 rating and Edmonton`s Fenwick percentage is roughly the same when he`s on or off the ice.
He`s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The defenseman comes with a cap hit of just under $3.1 million annually.
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