New Jersey 1, Philadelphia 0 (OT)

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Brian Gionta scored 2:51 into overtime shortly after Martin Brodeur stopped Simon Gagne on a breakaway as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers

New Jersey 5, St. Louis 4 (OT)

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Martin Brodeur made a handful of stellar saves in overtime before Jeff Friesen scored with 12 seconds remaining Saturday night as the New Jersey Devils continue

Carolina 3, New Jersey 1

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Kevin Weekes came within 53 seconds of a shutout and the Carolina Hurricanes got special teams goals from Rod Brind'Amour and Ron Francis Saturday night in a 3-

New Jersey 3, Nashville 2 (OT)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- After being caught using an illegal stick late in the third period, Patrik Elias scored 76 seconds into overtime Friday night to give the unbeaten New Jersey De

Carolina 1, New Jersey 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 27 (UPI) -- The Carolina Hurricanes won their first playoff series in 16 years Saturday, blanking the two-time Stanley Cup finalist New Jersey Devils, 1-0, to capture the E

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RALEIGH, N.C., April 24 (UPI) -- The New Jersey Devils look to ride their momentum to take a one-game lead Wednesday night in their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Caroli

New Jersey 3, Carolina 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 23 (UPI) -- Martin Brodeur came within 2:37 of his second straight shutout and rookie Brian Gionta had a shorthanded goal and an assist as the New Jersey Devils tied their

New Jersey 4, Carolina 0

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 21 (UPI) -- Defenseman Brian Rafalski scored two of his team's three power-play goals and Martin Brodeur needed to stop just 16 shots Sunday as the New Jersey Devils blanke

Carolina 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)

RALEIGH, N.C., April 19 (UPI) -- Bates Battaglia scored on a beautiful deflection at 15:26 of overtime Friday night to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 2-1 win and two games to none lead over the

New Jersey 3, NY Islanders 2

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., March 13 (UPI) -- Without top center Jason Arnott, the New Jersey Devils received goals from the likes of Brian Gionta and Jim McKenzie Wednesday night and held on to beat the Ne

New Jersey 3, Dallas 0

DALLAS, March 10 (UPI) -- Martin Brodeur made 22 saves for his third shutout of the season Sunday night as the New Jersey Devils ended a three-game winless streak with a 3-0 blanking of

Nashville 4, New Jersey 3

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Rookie Martin Erat and Denis Arkhipov scored 96 seconds apart on consecutive shots early in the first period Thursday night as the Nashville Predators held on f
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Brian Gionta
New Jersey Devils' Scott Gomez, right, joins his teammates Brad Lukowich, left, Brian Rafalski, front, Brian Gionta, back, Zach Parise, center, after Gionta scored against the Carolina Hurricanes during Game 5 of the NHL Eastern Conference semifinals at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC May 14, 2006. (UPI Photo/Jeffrey A. Camarati)

Brian Joseph Gionta (born January 18, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey player and captain of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL), and is the second American-born captain of the Canadiens and its first sole American-born captain (the first, Chris Chelios, was a co-captain with Guy Carbonneau). He goes by the nickname "Gio" from his teammates and The Rochester Rocket, dubbed by the media. Although small in stature compared to most other players (Gionta is currently the second-shortest player in the NHL; Nathan Gerbe is one inch shorter), he is known for his tenacious play.

Gionta was drafted 82nd overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. The diminutive but fiery forward attended high school at the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, NY, then skated for Boston College from 1997 to 2001, winning a National Championship as Eagles captain in the 2000–2001 season. He was mentored by current Florida Panthers forward Marty Reasoner; also a Rochester, NY native; and enjoyed his best statistical season in his freshman year on a line with Reasoner, posting 30 goals and 62 points in 40 games as the Eagles fell to the University of Michigan in the National Championship game in Boston.

Gionta followed up with a 60 point season his sophomore year as BC was eliminated by Hockey East rival, the University of Maine in the Frozen Four semifinals, then a 33 goal, 56 point season in his junior year as the Eagles fell to North Dakota in that year's National Championship game.

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