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NJD TV Spotlight: Brian Gionta

Wednesday, 09.05.2007 / 1:05 PM / 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51