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Brian Gionta | Winger

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/18/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 174
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If Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello remains true to form, he just might inquire about bringing right winger Brian Gionta back to New Jersey, according to The Star-Ledger.
Lamoriello said despite the organization’s reputation for thinking defense first, he'd like goal-scorers who could fit into the system. "I don't think we've ever not thought about offensive players," Lamoriello said. "They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. . . ." Gionta, 35, is captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Although his offensive numbers declined this season (18 goals, 22 assists in 81 games), he is still regarded as a potential 25-goal scorer. The Habs would like to retain Gionta, who is an unrestricted free agent July 1 but he'd have to take less than the $5-million they paid him this season. The Devils have the perfect recruiter in Gionta’s younger brother, Stephen, who says he'd be willing to get into Brian's ear. Apr 19 - 11:33 AM

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Brian Gionta notched a goal and an assist in Wednesday's overtime win against Tampa Bay.

He scored a shorthanded marker in the second and added an assist in the third of Game 1's sea-saw battle. Gionta concluded the match with four shots and a plus-1 rating.
Apr 17 - 10:43 AM

Brian Gionta scored the game's only goal on a penalty shot with 2:04 to play in overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a dramatic, 1-0 victory against the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday night.

The Canadiens' captain grabbed a Raphael Diaz turnover at the Montreal blue line and was on his way to break in alone when Diaz hauled him down from behind, earning Gionta a penalty shot. Gionta came in, faked to his forehand and deked to his backhand to beat Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot. It was Gionta's 40th point of the season. He's the eighth Montreal player to hit that mark this season. It also was his 18th goal of the season.
Apr 12 - 10:27 PM

Brian Gionta was selected as the winner of the Jacques Beauchamp award.

The award is anually given to the Canadiens player who played a dominant role during the regular season without earning any particular honour. Last season Brandon Prust won the award. Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Plekanec also received consideration for this season's honor.
Apr 12 - 10:55 AM

Brian Gionta lit the lamp twice for the Canadiens in their 5-3 win over the Red Wings on Saturday night.

Gionta continues to be a solid producer, even at 35. He isn't going to carry the Canadiens offensively, but he can chip in and provide some secondary scoring. He has 17 goals and 39 points this season. Michael Bournival, Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk picked up the other markers. Jarred Tinordi and Lars Eller assisted twice.
Apr 5 - 11:04 PM

Brian Gionta had a goal and an assist in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win on Saturday.

Gionta now has 14 goals and 33 points in 67 games this season. That's a far cry from the numbers he put up at his height, but not surprising at this point.
Mar 16 - 10:59 AM

Brian Gionta's goal was the lone marker for the Canadiens in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Red Wings on Wednesday.

Gionta tied the game at 1-1 with a goal in the final minute, but the Habs ceded an overtime tally to Gustav Nyquist late in the extra frame. Daniel Briere and Andrei Markov picked up helpers on Gionta's tally.
Feb 26 - 10:28 PM

Brian Gionta scored a goal in Montreal's 4-1 victory on Saturday.

Gionta had four points in his final six contests before the Olympic break. He's been living up to expectations this season with 11 goals and 29 points in 58 contests.
Feb 9 - 10:39 AM

Brian Gionta scored the Habs' lone goal in Montreal's 2-1 loss to Winnipeg on Sunday.

Gionta was set up by Tomas Pleckanec and Andrei Markov, and scored his 10th goal of the season.
Feb 2 - 3:54 PM

Brian Gionta had an assist in Montreal's 2-1 overtime defeat against Tampa Bay.

Gionta has nine goals and 27 points in 54 contests in 2013-14. That's around where we expected him to be this season, so naturally we expect him to more-or-less maintain his current pace.
Feb 2 - 10:11 AM

This is how Montreal captain Brian Gionta sums up his Canadiens:

"When we play at the top of our game, we can play with any team in the league, but when we’re not at our best we’re a very average team."
Jan 20 - 9:43 AM

Brian Gionta scored for a second straight game to give Montreal a 2-1 victory over Florida Monday night.

He has racked up nine shots in his last two contests, which helped him snap a 13-game goalless drought. The Montreal captain has seven goals and 22 points in 43 matches.
Jan 7 - 9:09 AM

Brian Gionta found the back of the net for the first time since Dec. 4 in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa.

He had gone 13 straight games without scoring a goal going into the contest, while chipping just five assists over that time. Gionta has six goals and 21 points in 42 matches.
Jan 6 - 10:35 AM

Brian Gionta picked up a goal and an assist for the Habs Wednesday as they edged the Devils in a shootout by a score of 4-3.

The tally is just the fifth of the campaign for the veteran, who is no more than a secondary option for Montreal. The Canadiens also received contributions from David Desharnais and Lars Eller on the victory.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 11:42:00 PM

Brian Gionta notched a goal and a helper Thursday in a 4-1 victory over Anaheim.

He has scored a goal in each of his last two games to give him three on the year and six points in nine contests. Gionta potted his goal during a 5-on-3 power play.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 08:46:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tomas Plekanec
2David Desharnais
3Lars Eller
4Daniel Briere
5Ryan White
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Rene Bourque
4Brandon Prust
5Travis Moen
6Michael Bournival
RW1Thomas Vanek
2Brian Gionta
3Brendan Gallagher
4George Parros
5Michael Blunden
6Dale Weise
D1P.K. Subban
2Andrei Markov
3Josh Gorges
4Mike Weaver
5Alexei Emelin
6Francis Bouillon
7Jarred Tinordi
8Doug Murray
G1Carey Price
2Peter Budaj