Entering his 12th NHL season, his fifth as a Capital The top career scorer among Caps players.
Served as an alternate captain Second on the team in goals, assists and points with career highs in each category (23-34-57 in 71 GP) Finished the season with 30 points (10-20-30) in his last 28 games (2/10 to 4/18) and 47 points (18-29-47) in his last 50 games (12/22 to 4/18) Team went 12-5-4 when he scored a goal Was second on the team in power-play goals and power-play points (13-13-26) Was third on the team in shots on goal (181) Shared the team lead with five game-winning goals Ten of his 23 goals gave the Capitals the lead Ranked second among Capitals forwards with 20:22 of ice time per game His +3 rating was second among Capitals forwards and third on the team Had the game-winning goal and an assist in the opener vs. CBJ (10/5) Recorded his 250th career NHL point vs. TB (10/16) Had points in three straight games (2-3-5 from 10/12 to 10/16) Scored his 100th career NHL goal and the game-tying goal to force overtime vs. FLA (1/8) Enjoyed a five-game point streak from 12/31 to 1/8, at the time the longest of his career (4g-3a) Scored the game-winning goal vs. PIT (3/8), his 250th game as a Capital Enjoyed a seven-game point streak from 3/6 to 3/18, his career long (2g-7a) Played the 600th game of his NHL career at MTL (3/30) Had 15 points in March, his best month of the season (4-11-15) Had four goals in a three-game stretch (4/1-4/5) Enjoyed a four-game point streak from 4/3-4/7 (4g-3a) Equaled a career high with three assists vs. CAR (4/7) Recorded his 300th career NHL point with an assist 4/18 at TB Shared the team lead with 12 points in April (6-6-12).
2004-05: Played 42 games for Lada Togliatti in the Russian Super League ... Posted 19 points (8g-11a) ... Played 10 playoff games, posting three goals and an assist ... Was a teammate of fellow Capital Alexander Semin with Togliatti. 2003-04: Appeared in 54 games for the Capitals, recording 27 points (12g-15a) Ranked second on the team in goals and third in assists and points Tied for second on the team in power-play goals with a career high six, and tied for first on the team in game-winning goals (two) Led the team in shots (115) Led team forwards in ice time per game (19:31) Played in his 500th NHL game at LA on 11/10 Scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist vs. CAR on 11/12 Tied a career high with assists in three consecutive games from Nov. 24-28 (3a) Scored a goal on a penalty shot and two assists, including his 100th Capitals point, vs. BOS on 12/11 Missed 10 games with a foot injury from 1/1-21 Missed 18 games with a muscle strain in his chest over four stretches: 2/13-15 (two games), 2/19-25 (four games), 3/6-8 (two games) and 3/16-4/4 (10 games) Appeared in his 200th Capitals game at ATL on 3/13. 2002-03: In 63 games with the Capitals, recorded 35 points (13g-22a) Ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating (+15) Appeared in his 100th Capitals game vs. SJ on 11/19 Scored his first goal of the season vs. ATL on 11/23, beginning a career-high four-game goal streak from 11/23-12/30 (4g) Missed 14 games with an injured hand from 11/27-29 and 12/3-28 Recorded a four-game point streak, tying what was then a career high, from 1/17-28 (2g-3a) Tallied his 200th NHL point vs. MTL on 2/24 Recorded points in four consecutive games from 3/14-22 (1g-6a), including a two-assist game vs. COL on 3/16 and a three-assist game at CGY on 3/20, tying a career high for assists in a game Recorded two goals and two assists in six playoff games for the Capitals Tallied two goals in Game 3 of the CQF vs. TB on 4/15. 2001-02: Played in 71 games for the Capitals, setting career highs to that point in goals (17) and points (43) Ranked fifth on the team in goals, assists (26) and points Finished second on the team with a +5 rating and fifth on the team in power-play goals Recorded five assists in six games from 10/13-24 Tallied two assists at TOR on 11/6, his first multiple-point game with the Capitals Recorded the game-winning goal, two assists, six shots and tied a career high with a +4 rating at TOR on 3/21 Set career highs for assists and points in a game by recording a goal and three assists at BUF on 3/26. 2000-01: Appeared in 49 games for Montreal, recording 12 goals and 12 assists, and 12 games for the Capitals, scoring a goal and an assist Recorded a career-high three goals and a career-high eight shots vs. CHI on 10/14 Scored a power-play goal and an assist vs. DET on 11/1, his 300th NHL game Acquired by the Capitals on 3/13 Made his Capitals debut at CAR on 3/15 Tallied his first point with the Capitals, an assist, at CAR on 3/30 Scored his first Capitals goal, a power-play tally, vs. FLA on 4/5 Missed 19 games due to a concussion suffered vs. NSH on 12/21 Appeared in six playoff games for the Capitals Led the team in playoff hits (21) and plus/minus rating (+1). 1999-00: Appeared in 73 games for Montreal Ranked first on the team in assists (28), second in points (42), third in shots (139) and tied for fourth in goals (14) Set career highs in games, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes (54), power-play goals (3) and shots (139) Established what was a career-high four-game point streak from 12/4-11 (2g-3a), including a goal and an assist vs. PHI on 12/4 Tallied consecutive multiple-point games vs. the NYI on 1/19 (2a) and vs. PIT on 1/22 (2g-1a), including two power-play goals and the game-winner. 1998-99: Played in 63 games for Philadelphia and 17 games for Montreal, totaling six goals and 10 assists in a career-high 80 games Scored his first-career shorthanded goal and added an assi
st at CGY on 12/29 Traded to Montreal from Philadelphia on 3/10 In his Montreal debut, recorded the game-winning goal at STL on 3/11. 1997-98: In 69 games for Philadelphia, recorded eight goals and 25 assists Set a career high and ranked second on the team and sixth in the league in plus/minus rating (+29) Set a career high in game-winning goals (5) Recorded a goal, two assists and a career-high plus-4 rating at MTL on 10/11, his first career three-point game Notched consecutive three-point games at STL on 11/3 (1g-2a) and vs. EDM on 11/6 (1g-2a) Played in five playoff games for Philadelphia, recording an assist. 1996-97: His rookie season, appeared in 68 games for Philadelphia, helping the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals Became the youngest player in Philadelphia history when he made his NHL debut vs. FLA on 10/5, recording a goal Registered a goal and his first NHL assist for his first NHL multiple-point game at OTT on 11/30 Tallied the game-winning goal, the first of his career, at WSH on 1/29 Appeared in all 19 playoff games for Philadelphia on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals Recorded his first NHL playoff goal at PIT on 4/21.
Skated for Russia in the 2003 World Cup of Hockey ... Represented Lithuania in the 2005 World Championship.
Split the 1995-96 season between Pembroke of the OCJHL, recording 19 goals and 13 assists in 28 games, and Caledon of the MTJHL, scoring three goals and seven assists in seven games.
Selected by Philadelphia in the first round, 15th overall, in the 1996 Entry Draft Traded to Montreal by Philadelphia with Philadelphia's second-round choice in the 1999 Entry Draft and the NY Islanders' sixth-round choice in the 2000 Entry Draft for Mark Recchi, March 10, 1999 Traded to the Capitals by Montreal with Trevor Linden and New Jersey's second-round choice (previously acquired) in the 2001 Entry Draft for Richard Zednik, Jan Bulis and the Capitals' first-round choice in the 2001 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001.
Is actively involved in supporting a junior hockey club, Druzhba-78, in Ukraine, as well as youth hockey programs in Lithuania Enjoys photography, tennis and golf in his spare time Lists his brother, Audrius, as his biggest hockey influence and his favorite player growing up Favorite athlete is Brett Favre Lists "Braveheart" as his favorite movie.