Jagr passes milestone in Devils’ winJaromir Jagr scored his 693rd career goal, Reid Boucher netted his first in the NHL and the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators, 5-2, Wednesday night.
Jagr moved past Steve Yzerman and into sole possession of eighth place on the NHL goals list, one behind Mark Messier for seventh. The 41-year-old Jagr’s first power-play goal of the season gave him a team-leading 12 goals.
Stephen Gionta scored a short-handed goal during his first shift for the Devils (14-15-6) after an 11-game absence because of an ankle injury. Damien Brunner scored in the second and Eric Gelinas tallied in the third for New Jersey.
Martin Brodeur won his 10th game of the year by making 23 saves against Ottawa (14-16-6).
Brunner scored a brilliant goal at 19:32 of the second to make it 4-1 for the Devils. The winger stripped Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen of both the puck and his stick, then started left, then right and came back left to slide the puck past Senator goalie Robin Lehner for his eighth goal.
On the final play of the second period, Ottawa’s Clark MacArthur was assessed a double-minor for boarding and roughing, giving the Devils a four-minute power play to start the third. MacArthur tried to draw Anton Volchenkov into a fight, but he resisted, straight-arming MacArthur to keep him away.
The second period featured two sparkling saves by Brodeur, the first a glove save on a point-blank shot by Colin Greening and then another on a shot by Kyle Turris that he managed to cradle with his elbow and chest.
Gionta made an immediate impact upon his return, scoring his first goal of the season in his first shift in the opening period.
Volchenkov passed the puck to Adam Henrique for a 2-on-1 break. Henrique sent the puck to his right, where Gionta met it at the right circle for a shot that beat Lehner just 2:02 into the action.
Boucher drew cheers of “Bou-cher!” when he scored his first goal at 12:08 of the first period to make it 2-0. Fellow rookie Eric Gelinas blasted a slap shot that bounced off the boards to the right of the net and rebounded in front, where Boucher scooped it in.
Jagr made it 3-0 at 2:08 of the second period. Andy Greene had the puck against the boards when he slipped it out to Travis Zajac, who quickly fed Jagr in front for a shot into the far side of the net.
Ottawa got one back on a power play at 5:30 of the second when Greening redirected a slap shot by Eric Karlsson, which lifted up and over the shoulder of a screened Brodeur. AP