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NJD TV Spotlight: Brian Gionta

Wednesday, 09.5.2007 / 1:05 PM ET / Features
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newjerseydevils.com – Good things came in bunches for Brian Gionta in 2006-07.

How else to characterize a season that included a season-high six-game point-scoring streak, a five-game point-scoring streak, and a four-game goal-scoring streak that tied the team's season high?

Gionta didn't challenge his franchise-record 48 goals from the year before, but the Rochester, N.Y., native nevertheless squeezed significant offensive production into an injury-shortened season.

The right wing's '06-07 began with a hot start, as he recorded points in seven of his first nine games in October, including four goals and an assist for five points from Oct 12-16, and three goals and two assists for another five points from Oct. 19-24. He would go on to post 24 goals and 18 assists for 42 points over 57 straight appearances to open the season.

New Jersey's fourth choice, 82nd overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft, Gionta followed up his high-octane October with a December effort that included two goals and three assists over three straight games from Dec. 8-12.

But for Gionta, the high point of the regular season came just after the new year. His helper against the Rangers on Jan. 2 sparked a six-game run of five goals and three assists that included back-to-back two-goal games against Ottawa and Montreal on Jan. 6 and 7.

A week later, the 5-7, 175-lb. forward was at it again, scoring goals in four straight games, including the game-winning tally against Tampa Bay on Jan. 26.

Despite being placed on the Long Term Injury list and missing 20 of the Devils' last 25 regular season games, Gionta wound up finishing second on the team in goals (25) and power play goals (11), while recording 45 points.

In the postseason, Gionta led New Jersey with eight goals, including a team-record five-game goal streak from April 18-28 in which he netted six, including the series-clinching goal in game six of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against Tampa Bay.

Newjerseydevils.com now presents some of Gionta's highlights from the past season, as the NJD TV Spotlight shines on No. 14!

Oct. 12: Devils 7, Maple Leafs 6 (SO)
Gionta recorded the first hat trick of his career (300K|700K / 300K|700K / 300K|700K ), and the seventh natural hat trick in team history, as the Devils extended their regular-season winning streak on home ice to six games. Gionta's power surge included two power play goals as New Jersey erased a three-goal deficit and snapped a five-game losing streak against Toronto.

Oct. 14: Devils 3, Flyers 2
The Devils posted consecutive victories for the first time, as Gionta's third-period marker (300K|700K ) proved the game winner in New Jersey's first meeting of the season with Philadelphia.

Dec. 1: Devils 5, Penguins 2
A power-play goal from Gionta (300K|700K ) helped secure a Devils' win in their first trip of the season to the Steel City. It was Gionta's second goal in as many games, and marked the third time he had scored goals in back-to-back contests.

Jan. 6: Devils 3, Senators 2
Gionta scored twice (300K|700K ), including the game winner (300K|700K ), to tie Zach Parise for the team lead in goals with 17. Gionta's tallies gave the Devils leads of 2-1 and 3-1, as New Jersey improved to 2-1-0 in the season series with Ottawa.

Jan. 7: Devils 3, Canadiens 0
Gionta collected two goals for the second consecutive game (300K|700K 300K|700K ), to extend his season-high six-game point streak to four games and take over the team goal scoring lead (19). New Jersey improved to 3-0-0 in the season series against Montréal, and extended its road winning streak to a season-high three games.

Jan 20: Devils 4, Flyers 3 (SO)
New Jersey trailed in the game three times, but Gionta knotted the game at 3-3 with just 21 seconds left in regulation (300K|700K ), then recorded the game-determining goal in the shootout.

Jan. 26: Devils 2, Lightning 0
Gionta gave the Devils a 1-0 lead late in the first period with his team-leading 22nd goal of the season (300K|700K ), which held up as the game winner.

April 1: Devils  3, Bruins 1
After missing 11 games with a groin strain, Gionta returned to score his fourth game winner of the season on a second-period power play goal (300K|700K ). With the win, the Devils took over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division, en route to their seventh Atlantic title.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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