Brian Gionta’s Return Making the Difference for Montreal Canadiens

December 30th, 2009 by Felix Sicard Leave a reply »
In Wednesday's contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning, it was clear just how much the return of Brian Gionta was a huge relief for the entire team, especially for the Habs' first line.

Not to make the first line sound bad, but the likes of Tomas Plekanec, Mike Cammalleri, and Andrei Kostitsyn must have been relieved when they saw they wouldn't have to carry the team anymore.

After being a non-factor for a long stretch, Scott Gomez has quietly been putting up multiple assists the past four games, and those numbers figure to go up with his buddy Brian Gionta on the line.

When matched with Gionta, Gomez's passes connect more often, and those passes are often in scoring areas, and with the great offensive talent that Gionta possesses, that should mean more points for both of them.

If both American-born players can start producing, the Canadiens can have two solid scoring lines that can do some serious damage to the opposition.

However, there are three players on an offensive line in hockey, so therefore contributions from all three players are needed to make a line "click."

This is where Benoit Pouliot comes in.
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