In what otherwise looked on paper like a dismal performance from the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night – they managed just 15 shots in a 3-1 loss at dreadful Phoenix – at least center Scott Gomez of Anchorage was back in business.
After missing seven straight games, and eight overall, with a strained groin, The King of Airport Heights returned to the lineup and logged 19 minutes of ice time, which is his average. He went -1, fired two shots and won half his 14 face-offs. Here’s hoping he’s healed.
Also on the NHL front, San Jose Sharks defenseman Matt Carle of Anchorage didn’t score a point in a 6-3 win over Los Angeles, but was +1 in 17 minutes of ice time.
And, finally, in the American Hockey League, former Alaska Aces forward Chris Minard earned a power-play assist and cranked off a team-high five shots for the Lowell Devils in a 3-2 loss at Hershey. That gives Minard 5-3—8 totals in nine games, and he’s +3.
The blog is taking a shift off for Turkey Day, but likely will return Friday, when the Aces play at Stockton – well, unless, the author suffers a tryptophan overdose, which is a definite possibility.