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 • 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.
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.
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