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Brian Gionta scores a breakaway beauty for his 1st goal with Bruins

Ty Anderson
March 08, 2018 - 11:57 pm

Brian Gionta made a great read to get behind the Philadelphia defense, grab a great pass from Zdeno Chara, and then beat Alex Lyon for his first goal as a Bruin.

But the Rochester, N.Y. native was not going to bask in all its glory.

“I mean I’ve been skating all year and obviously felt pretty good about where I was conditioning-wise and stuff like that,” Gionta said when asked about the ‘surprise’ of playing this well on an NHL rink after nearly a full calendar year away. “But when you’re coming into an established team like this, a team that plays well, it’s easy.”

“You want to get in, establish yourself and see where you fit in. I said it coming in that I was willing to come in and play whatever role was asked, and I’m still enjoying being around these guys,” Gionta said. “The four of us new guys that have come in have worked seamlessly because of what a tight group they have.”

A group that Gionta has been a welcomed addition, too, especially following the loss of veteran know-how from Patrice Bergeron (foot) and David Backes (suspended).

“He’s smart,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of the 39-year-old Gionta’s impact on the Bruins. “He’s been around, so – but to be able to come in and the everyday battles that go along with being an NHLer, a professional player, time and space, little plays. It looks like he hasn’t missed a beat at all. So, it’s really a bonus for us when you talk about losing Bergy and now Backes, that you can plug a guy like that in.”

With his first goal with the B’s in the books, the crafty Gionta has managed to regain his point-per-game pace, with one goal and four points in four games in Boston. Gionta has also fired eight shots on goal and chipped in with four hits over that span, too.

And in a stat that would mean absolutely nothing outside of some weird height-themed Jeopardy round, Gionta’s first goal with the Black and Gold may have also featured the largest height discrepancy from assister to goal scorer. After all, it was the 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara that picked up the primary helper for his feed to the 5-foot-7 Gionta.

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