NJD TV Spotlight: Patrik Elias
newjerseydevils.com – After becoming the seventh captain in Devils history, Patrik Elias went about producing a first-rate campaign in 2006-07.
In his debut season wearing the "C," Elias led the Devils with 48 assists and 69 points, while recording a fourth-best 21 goals in 75 games. The left wing, who played in his 600th career NHL game on Oct. 14, also proved potent on the power play, scoring a team-leading 31 points (8g-23a) with the man advantage.
Elias finished second on the club with 14 multiple-point games, and saw his productivity surge during a season-high, eight-game scoring streak from Nov. 27 to Dec. 14 in which he added five goals and eight assists for 13 points.
The postseason brought more milestones for the native of Trebic, Czech Rep., as he secured the top spot on the list of the Devils' all-time playoff scoring leaders, posting three assists in the series clincher against Tampa Bay to become the first player in team history to reach the 100-point plateau in his playoff career.
Elias' marker in game one of the Conference Quarterfinal against the Lightning moved him past Claude Lemieux for the all-time team lead in postseason goals (35), and his 16 career playoff goals is first all-time among Devils' forwards.
With the Devils now preparing for their inaugural season at Prudential Center, Elias' 2007-08 figures to be just as memorable.
New Jersey begins the season on Oct. 4 at Tampa Bay, before opening its home schedule against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 27.
Newjerseydevils.com now presents some of the winger's top moments from the past season, as the NJD TV Spotlight shines on No. 26.
Nov. 18: Devils 2, Maple Leafs 1
Elias beat Toronto's Mikael Tellqvist for a third-period goal (300K|700K ) that stood up as the eventual game winner in a New Jersey road victory.
Dec. 1: Devils 5, Penguins 2
Elias was one of five different New Jersey goal scorers, and leading the way with a goal (300K|700K ) and two assists to overtake the team lead in scoring with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points.
Dec. 6: Devils 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)
After New Jersey had erased a 1-0 deficit, Elias sealed the win (300K|700K ) with a power-play tally, the 11th OT winner of his career.
Dec. 22: Devils 4, Capitals 1
After a scoreless first period, Elias lit the lamp on the power play (300K|700K ) as New Jersey scored twice in the second. Elias later assisted on Brian Gionta's third-period goal to notch his 300th career helper.
Dec. 29: Devils 4, Capitals 3
Elias registered three points on a goal (300K|700K ) and two assists , including the game-winning marker, to tie for the team lead in assists.
Jan. 4: Devils 4, Islanders 3
Another winning goal from Elias (300K|700K ) was enough to topple New York and give New Jersey its first win of 2007. Through 40 games, Elias and Parise were tied for the team lead in goals with 16.
Feb. 1: Devils 6, Flyers 5 (OT)
Elias was one of five New Jersey goal scorers (300K|700K ), and added two assists for his 36th career three-point effort, the most in team history.