UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Jaromir Jagr became the seventh player to score 700 NHL goals, sparking New Jersey’s four-goal second period, and Martin Brodeur earned the win in his first start in over a month as the Devils routed the New York Islanders 6-1 on Saturday.
Jagr gave the Devils a 2-0 lead early in the second, and Ryane Clowe, Marek Zidlicky, and Mark Fayne followed in rapid succession. The four goals came in a span of 4:36 in the first 8:07 of the second.
Adam Henrique opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 5:00 of the first. New Jersey needed only 12 shots to net its first four goals and 16 total to get to five against Evgeni Nabokov. Clowe and Zidlicky, with a milestone assist from Jagr, also tallied during power plays.
Kyle Okposo cut New York’s deficit to 3-1 at 6:14 of the second with his team-leading 25th goal, but the Devils quickly answered with two more goals to pad their lead. Anders Nilsson, recalled Saturday from Bridgeport of the AHL, made 15 saves in the third period in place of Nabokov, who stopped only 14 of 19 shots.
Eric Gelinas scored a power-play goal with 38.1 seconds left to make it 6-1.
CAPITALS 4, BRUINS 2
BOSTON (AP)—Alex Ovechkin collected his 800th career point and raised his league-leading total to 43 goals with a pair of power-play scores, leading Washington over Boston.
Joel Ward and Eric Fehr also scored, and Braden Holtby made 36 saves for the Capitals, who won their fourth straight in their chase for one of the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spots.
Ovechkin had the go-ahead goal and two assists in a 5-4 win at Florida on Thursday. It’s his first season of 40-plus goals since collecting 40-plus in his first five seasons from 2005-06 to 2009-10.
Patrice Bergeron and Shawn Thornton had Boston’s goals. Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots in his first start since winning the bronze medal with Finland at the Sochi Olympics.
BLACKHAWKS 5, PENGUINS 1
CHICAGO (AP)—Jonathan Toews had two goals and an assist at a snowy and picturesque Soldier Field, and the Blackhawks beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in the finale of the NHL Stadium Series.
Patrick Sharp scored in the first period and Patrick Kane set up Kris Versteeg’s 100th career goal in the second, helping Chicago to its first win since Feb. 5 at Anaheim. The reigning Stanley Cup champions dropped their final game before the Olympic break, and then lost 2-1 at the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
James Neal was credited with Pittsburgh’s only goal when Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook sent the puck into his own net at 6:21 of the third. Marc-Andre Fleury had 35 saves in the Penguins’ third straight loss, matching a season high.
FLYERS 4, RANGERS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist to lead Philadelphia over New York.
Vincent Lecavalier, Sean Couturier and Luke Schenn also scored for Philadelphia, which rebounded from a 7-3 home defeat to San Jose on Thursday.
Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard scored for the Rangers, who lost for just the second time in their past nine games.
BLUE JACKETS 6, PANTHERS 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Artem Anisimov scored a short-handed goal late in the second period and Columbus’ special teams provided four goals in the Blue Jackets’ win over the Florida.
David Savard, Cam Atkinson and R.J. Umberger added power-play goals—the Blue Jackets were 3 for 4 with a man advantage—while Jack Johnson had three assists. Savard also had an assist.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 17 shots as Columbus ended a three-game losing skid.
Shawn Mathias and Nick Bjugstad each had a goal and an assist, and Sean Bergenheim also scored for the Panthers.
KINGS 3, HURRICANES 1
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Alec Martinez scored the tiebreaking goal on a power play with 11:45 to play, Jonathan Quick made 24 saves, and Los Angeles beat Carolina for its third victory in four days since the Olympic break.
Mike Richards scored his second goal since Thanksgiving and Justin Williams added an empty-net goal for the Kings, who roared out of the break with three wins in three cities in about 70 hours. Low-scoring Los Angeles put up eight goals at Colorado and Calgary before holding off the Hurricanes in the Kings’ return to Staples Center.
Andrej Sekera scored and Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots for the Hurricanes, who have lost three straight on their five-game road trip out of the break.
JETS 3, PREDATORS 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Olli Jokinen, Andrew Ladd and Devin Setoguchi scored and Ondrej Pavelec stopped 39 shots and Winnipeg beat Nashville.
The Jets, ranked sixth in the NHL in penalty kills coming into the game, didn’t allow a goal on six Nashville power plays.
One of the Predators’ strengths has been converting man-advantage chances. Entering the game, they were fifth in the league, but Pavelec stopped Nashville on each power play.
Simon Moser scored his first NHL goal for Nashville.
The Jets improved to 11-3-1 since hiring Paul Maurice as coach.
LIGHTNING 4, STARS 2
DALLAS (AP)—Martin St. Louis scored two goals for the second consecutive game, leading Tampa Bay over Dallas.
The Lightning had lost five of their previous seven games. Ben Bishop cooled off Dallas by making 39 saves for his 29th win.
Nate Thompson and Sami Salo also scored for Tampa Bay. Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat each had two assists.
Antoine Roussel and Vernon Fiddler each had a goal and an assist for Dallas.
CANADIENS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3, OT
MONTREAL (AP)—Max Pacioretty scored his second goal of the game on a power play 3:28 into overtime to lead the Montreal Canadiens past the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Pacioretty took a feed from Andrei Markov, who had three assists, and beat Jonathan Bernier with a high wrist shot for the winner.
Alex Galchenyuk and P.K. Subban also scored for the Canadiens, who were coming off an overtime win in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
James van Riemsdyk had two goals and Phil Kessel also had one for the Maple Leafs, who also lost in overtime Thursday to the New York Islanders.
FLAMES 2, OILERS 1, OT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP)—Sean Monahan scored two goals, including the winner in overtime, as the Calgary Flames topped the Edmonton Oilers.
Paul Byron won a battle behind the net 1:50 into the extra session and sent the puck in front to Monahan, who scored his 18th goal of the season and helped the Flames end a two-game skid.
The Flames have won seven of their last 10 games.
David Perron scored for the Oilers, who have lost three in a row.