Bartlett: Gomez returns to practice; Kostitsyn leaves early

John Bartlett
11/7/2011 2:08:58 PM
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BROSSARD - The Canadiens had a familiar face join them for practice Monday morning in Brossard, while another one left the ice early. Scott Gomez practiced with the team, wearing a non-contact sweater, while Andrei Kostitsyn left the ice early and did not return.

After practice, head coach Jacques Martin said Kostitsyn might be questionable for Tuesday's game against the Edmonton Oilers. Martin wasn't sure if it was something that happened prior to practice or early on during the skate.

Meanwhile, Gomez returned to join his teammates. He was wearing the non-contact blue sweater, but when asked if he was cleared for contact, he was a little coy. He also added that he will play wherever he is needed as he isn't owed anything and doesn't want to mix up the chemistry that has been working as of late.

Martin also added that Brian Gionta started off the season playing hurt, and that the time off last week helped him out.

Max Pacioretty held a press conference Monday afternoon to announce that the Max Pacioretty Foundation has teamed up with the Montreal General Hospital to raise funds for a new advanced MRI machine to help with traumatic brain injuries.

Tuesday night has become an anticipated match-up at the Bell Centre as the upstart Oilers come in as a top team in the Western Conference.

And finally, congrats to Team Ontario Red, who captured the seventh straight National Women's U-18 Gold Medal on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Team Quebec. There is some great, young talent coming up through the ranks for Canada.

I had the chance to call the game on TSN with Cheryl Pounder, and I thought she did very well, considering midway through the game; her partner (a.k.a. me) spilled a cup of coffee all over her game notes, soaking the pages with some java. We had a good laugh about it and Cheryl, being a gold medal winner, took it in stride and didn't miss a beat. Cool under pressure. 

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