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.