Playing time was limited to 51 games after seeing action in all 82 games during each of his previous two seasons with New Jersey…Appeared in his 900th career NHL game April 3 at Carolina; reached/surpassed 100-point mark with New Jersey with 1g-1a-2pts that evening…Tied for second on team with four game-winning goals (Z. Parise, 5)…Totaled points in season-high four straight games April 3-10 (2g-4a-6pts); posted points in back-to-back games six times, most recently March 25- 27 (1g-1a-2pts)…Recorded five multiple-point games, including season-high 1g-2a-3pts January 29 vs. Toronto…Totals included 1g-1a April 3, as well as three two-assist outings, most recently April 6 at Atlanta…Missed 30 contests November 21-January 23 with leg injury, as well as April 2 contest vs. Chicago (ill); appeared in career-high 203 consecutive games from March 2, 2007- November 19, 2009.
2008-09: Played in every game in two seasons with Devils; had never done so until joining team in 2007-08…Totals included 183 straight appearances since March 2, 2007 through end of regularseason sked…Saw action in his 800th career NHL game December 17 at Buffalo; recorded 400th career point with goal October 24 vs. Philadelphia…Fifteen goals/40 points surpassed previous season’s 13g and 38pts; 25 assists tied 2007-08 output…Matched franchise record with career-high 4g November 23 at Tampa Bay for second career NHL hat trick; joined P. Elias (Mar. 30, ’03), J. Madden/R. McKay (Oct. 28, ’00) and P. Verbeek (Feb. 28, ’88)…Along with E. Staal (Car., Mar. 7) and D. Backes (StL., Apr. 2), was one of just three NHL players to record a four-goal game…Totaled seven multiple-point games overall, including 1g- 2a-3pts December 12 vs. NY Rangers…Two-point efforts included 2g January 4 vs. Ottawa…Posted points in season-high four straight games October 24-November 1 (2g-3a-5pts)…Appeared in 100th game with New Jersey November 20 vs. Florida…2007-08: One of only four players (S. Brylin, B. Gionta & T. Zajac) in lineup to appear in all 82 contests; games-played total was a new career high…Finished with nine multiple-point games overall, including 2g November 8 vs. Philadelphia…Appeared in his 700th NHL game October 31 vs. Tampa Bay…Recorded points in season-high three straight games twice, most recently March 13-19 (3g-1a-4pts); stretch included goals in three straight…Made Devils’ debut in season-opener October 4 at Tampa Bay…2006-07: Registered career highs across the board with 24g, 36a and 60pts…Acquired by Sabres from Capitals February 27; traded mid-season for third time in NHL career…Made Buffalo debut March 2 vs. Montreal, posted first goal with squad March 10 vs. New Jersey…Recorded ten power play goals; reached double-figures for second straight year…Totals included three season-high four-game point-scoring streaks, most recently January 18-27 (1g-4a-5pts)…Recorded 17 multiple-point games overall, including four 3pt efforts, most recently 1g-2a February 8 vs. Los Angeles…Had four multiple-goal efforts overall, including back-to-back 2g games October 30- November 3…Reached/surpassed 200-assist mark in NHL career with 2a December 15 at Atlanta…Saw action in 15 playoff games for first NHL post-season action since 2002-03 and most since rookie campaign…Eight assists/pts were his most since 1997 playoffs (5g- 4a-9pts)…Posted 3a in game one of Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. NY Islanders…2005-06: Served as alternate captain during final full season with Capitals…Goal (23), assist (34) and point (57) totals were his most in five seasons with Caps…Posted career-high 13 PPG; surpassed his total from previous three seasons combined…Set career high with 181 shots on goal, while sharing team lead with five game-winning goals…Recorded his 100th career goal January 8 vs. Florida,played in 600th game March 30 at Montreal and posted 300th career point April 18 at Tampa Bay…Posted career-high 7-game point-scoring stretch March 6-18 (2g-7a-9pts)…Matched career high with 3a April 7 vs. Carolina…2004-05: Played 42 games for Lada Togliatti (Rus.); finished with 8g-11a-19pts en-route to second-place finish…Led team in penalty minutes during both the regular-season (85) and playoffs (22)…Represented Lithuania at spring’s World Championships after playing for Russia eight months earlier at World Cup…2003-04: Ranked second on the team in goals (12) and third in assists/points (15/27); led squad with 115 shots and was tied for second with 6 PPG…Played in his 500th NHL game November 10 at Los Angeles…Notched assists in three straight games November 24-28 (3a)…Recorded his first career penalty shot goal December 11 vs. Boston’s A. Raycroft on his second attempt; added 2a, including his 100th point with Washington…Posted 2g, including second career shorthanded tally November 4 at Tampa Bay, as well as lone career game-tying goal December 19 vs. Toronto…Missed 10 games with foot injury to open 2004 calendar year; also missed 18 games with muscle strain in chest…Appeared in his 200th game with Caps March 13 at Atlanta…2002- 03: Ranked second on the team with plus-15 mark, his highest in five seasons with Caps…Appeared in his 100th Capitals’ game November 19 vs. San Jose…Scored first goal of season November 23 vs. Atlanta to open career-high 4-game goal-scoring streak (4g)…Missed 14 of 15 games November 27-December 28 with hand injury…Also recorded 4-game pointscoring streak March 14-22 (1g-6a-7pts)…Tallied his 200th NHL point February 24 vs. Montreal…Recorded career-high (tie) 3a March 20 at Calgary…Tallied 2g in game 3 of ECQF vs. Tampa Bay; unsuccessful on overtime PS attempt vs. N. Khabibulin…2001-02: Played in 71 games during first full season with Capitals…Tallied 2a November 6 at Toronto for first multiplepoint game with squad…Set career highs for assists/points in a game in 1g-3a-4pt effort March 26 at Buffalo (since tied)…2000-01: Traded mid-season for second time in two years/NHL career; acquired by Capitals March 13…Recorded first career hat trick October 14 vs. Chicago…Appeared in 300th NHL contest/posted 1g-1a-2pts November 1 vs. Detroit…Unsuccessful on first career PS attempt November 3 at Buffalo (D. Hasek)…Made Caps’ debut March 15 at Carolina; scored his first Capitals’ goal with PP tally April 5 vs. Florida…Missed 19 games with concussion suffered December 21 vs. Nashville…1999-00: Appeared in 73 games for Montreal during lone full season with team…Ranked first on the team in assists (28), second in points (42) and third in shots (139)…Posted season-high 4-game point-scoring streak December 4-11 (2g-3a-5pts)…Tallied consecutive multiple-point games January 19 vs. NY Islanders (2a) and January 22 vs. Pittsburgh (2g-1a)…1998-99: Scored first career SHG/added assist December 29 at Calgary…Traded to Montreal from Philadelphia March 10; recorded GWG in Habs’ debut March 11 at St. Louis…1997-98: Appeared in 69 contests during final full season with Philadelphia; games-played total was highest in two-plus seasons with club…Recorded 8g-25a- 33pts overall; career-high five (since tied) of 8g were GWG…Finished second on the team/sixth in the league with career-high +29 mark; improved from previous season’s +3 mark…Posted first career 3pt game in 1g-2a, +4 effort October 11 at Montreal…Notched consecutive 3pt games November 3 at St. Louis (1g-2a) and November 6 vs. Edmonton (1g-2a)…1996-97: Became youngest player in Flyers’ franchise history with NHL debut October 5 vs. Florida (18 yrs., 3 mo. & 19 days); scored first career goal vs. former Devil J. Vanbiesbrouck…Recorded 1g and first NHL assist for first career multiple-point game November 30 at Ottawa…Appeared in all 19 playoff games; reached SCF in rookie campaign…Recorded career-high 5g-4a-9pts, including first playoff goal April 21 at Pittsburgh…OTHER: Split 1995-96 season between Pembroke of the CJHL, recording 19g and 13a in 28 games and Caledon of the MTJHL, scoring 3g and 7a in 7 games.
Actively involved in supporting a junior hockey club, Druzhba-78, in Ukraine, as well as youth hockey programs in Lithuania…With the help of NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams Foundation, brought hockey equipment to his home country, summer 2009…Enjoys photography, tennis and golf in his spare time…Credits his brother, Audrius, a former defenseman who represented Lithuania at one World Junior Championship and two World Championships, for fostering his love of hockey…Favorite athlete is Brett Favre…Lists Braveheart as his favorite movie…Shot a public service announcement for Autism Awareness in 2008; is involved with various autism-related charities…Wife, Nathalie Sanschagrin, organized a team of Devils’ wives and girlfriends who participated in Autism Speaks’ Walk Now for Autism at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, NJ in October 2008.
1st NHL GP: 10/5/96, Fla. 3 @ Phi. 1 • 1st NHL Goal: 10/5/96, Fla. 3 @ Phi. 1 vs. J. Vanbiesbrouck • 1st NHL Assist: 11/30/96, Phi. 4 @ Ott. 3 • 900th NHL GP: 4/3/10, NJ 4 @ Car. 0 • Most Goals in Game: 4; 11/23/08, NJ 7 @ TB 3 • Most Assists in Game: 3; 4 times, last time 12/6/06, Ott. 2 @ Wsh. 6 • Most Pts. in Game: 4; 11/23/08, NJ 7 @ TB 3 (4g-0a); 3/26/02, Wsh. 4 @ Buf. 3 (1g-3a) • Most PIM in Game: 15; 11/12/08, NYR 5 @ NJ 2 (maj., game misc.) • Most Shots in Game: 8; 11/23/08, NJ 7 @ TB 3; 10/14/00, Chi. 4 @ Mtl. 5 (OT) • GP Streak: 203; 3/2-4/8/07 (19), 10/4/07- 4/6/08 (82), 10/10/08-4/11/09 (82), 10/3-11/19/09 (20) • Goal-Scoring Streak: 4; 11/23-12/30/02 (4g) • Assist-Scoring Streak: 4; 12/9-16/06 (6a); 3/12-18/06 (5a) • Point-Scoring Streak: 7; 3/6- 18/06 (2g-7a-9pts) • Penalties: 262 min., 8 maj., 1 game misc., 1 match • Multiple-Pt. Games: 82 2-pt. games, 18 3-pt. games, 2 4-pt. games