Scott Gomez is coming off what might have been his worst regular season in the NHL. The new season he began last night, however, is off to a rousing start.

Gomez, held to under 40 points for the first time in his career with 7-31-38 totals, assisted on both Canadien goals. First he pounced on an errant Tomas Kaberle pass in the Bruins zone, then he stole a puck from Milan Lucic late in the game, setting up former Boston College star Brian Gionta for the two tallies in Montreal's 2-0 series-opening win.

"I have been waiting a long time for this day to come after the season I had," said Gomez, who owns a pair of Stanley Cup rings from his days with the Devils. "I don't know how to explain it. This is the fun part of the year. This is when the whole hockey world is watching, all the kids, everything. I don't know how to explain it, but another year, and besides that it doesn't matter. That is what we are with. This is a team effort. It is a team game. We will take it, but for me, oh well. Whatever happened in the regular season that is over. It doesn't matter."

Gomez' fellow refugee from New Jersey, Gionta, also has a Cup on his resume. Like Gomez, he showed up when it matter most last night. His first goal was a gift, but the second was a hard shot that broke through Tim Thomas [stats] and into the net.

"I talked to our team and in the playoffs, your best players have to elevate their game," Montreal coach Jacques Martin said. "I thought our top players, Gionta and Gomez, elevated their game (last night)."