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There's never been any doubt Elias can shoot—and score. A nine-time 20-goal scorer and a four-time 30-goal scorer, he's been one of the best Devils ever at lighting the lamp, whether by snap, slap, wrist or backhand shot.
Entering this season, Elias was second in franchise annals with 335 career goals, and trailed only former coach and teammate John MacLean, who tallied 347 goals in a Devils uniform and is now an assistant coach with Carolina. Elias should pass MacLean's goal total sometime early in 2012, if not sooner.
Just as MacLean did in 1988 at Chicago when his goal boosted the Devils into the playoffs for the first time ever, Elias has also been able to come up with some clutch scores in his own career. His game-winning goal against Philadelphia in Game 7 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Finals not only lifted the Devils to a victory, but also completed New Jersey's comeback from a near-fatal 3-1 series deficit.
Elias is also the Devils' all-time leader with 15 career overtime goals in NHL regular-season play.