Jagr scores 695th to take seventh spot in goals as Devils top Habs 4-1
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:48PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:37AM EST
MONTREAL -- Jaromir Jagr moved into seventh place all-time in NHL goals and Martin Brodeur made 29 saves as the New Jersey Devils downed the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Tuesday night.
The 41-year-old Jagr got his 695th goal in his 1,438th career game, moving him past Mark Messier. On Saturday, he passed former Pittsburgh Penguins' teammate Mario Lemieux for seventh place in points with 1,724.
Goals less than three minutes apart early in the second period from Eric Gelinas and Adam Henrique were the difference as the Devils (20-18-10) extended their points streak to five games and picked up a win against a team ahead of them in the Eastern Conference. Dainius Zubrus added an empty-net goal with an assist to Jagr.
Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal (26-16-5), which was coming off one of its best games of the season in a 2-1 win over Chicago but could not duplicate that effort. The Canadiens went 0 for 3 with the man advantage, a fifth-straight game with no power-play goals.
New Jersey scored more than two goals in a game for the first time in six outings and the second time in their last 11.
Pacioretty struck first for Montreal at the 7:00 mark as he fired a wrist shot past Martin Brodeur on a rush for his 20th of the season.
Jagr got it back with 2:37 left in the period when he got around Josh Gorges and used his long reach to put the puck in off the far post.
Gelinas scored from the point on a power play 1:20 into the second period and Henrique got his sixth goal in the last 10 games from a scramble in the Montreal crease at 4:02.
The crowd of 21,273 at the Bell Centre booed as what appeared to be a Brendan Gallagher goal was disallowed later by video review for inadvertently kicking the puck in late in the second.
The Canadiens failed to penetrate the Devils' tenacious checking in the third period.