Originally written on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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The most surreal aspect of Scott Gomez's goal drought is that anyone would expect Scott Gomez to score goals. That it's "not his job" to do so has been a misconception about him for years; as if he's the hockey equivalent of a baseball pitching machine, auto-programmed to tee'em up but not to knock'em down. That ignores the fact that (a) Gomez used to average well over 240 shots per season with the New Jersey Devils and (b) unless you're a checking center or a knuckle-bleeding goon, it's your job to score goals now and again as a forward. (Forget the 33 goals in 2005-06 as further evidence of anything. It's a post-lockout anomaly, like the Stanley Cup Final that season.) It's less about shying away from scoring goals for Gomez than it is being fairly terrible at it: Seven in 80 games last season with the Montreal Canadiens and zero in 11 games this season. Indeed, it's been a while since Gomez snapped the twine: 40 regular-season games, 47 if you include playoff games. Overall, he h...
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