Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jagr tops for game-winners

NEWARK, N.J.—Jaromir Jagr has moved into some rarefied company with a deft scoring touch over 20 NHL seasons.
Rookie Reid Boucher, meanwhile, is impressing people with his ability to find the net.

Jagr’s 693rd career goal was his 122nd game-winner, passing Gordie Howe for most in NHL history, as the New Jersey Devils beat the Ottawa Senators 5-2 last night.
Jagr also moved past Steve Yzerman and into sole possession of eighth place on the NHL goals list—one behind Mark Messier.
The 41-year-old Jagr’s first power-play goal of the season was his team-leading 12th.
“It’s an unbelievable feat, especially with the names on the list he’s around and passing,” said Devils’ coach Pete DeBoer.
“It’s an unbelievable accomplishment.”
Boucher netted his first in the NHL while 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.
“He has instincts you can’t teach,” DeBoer said of Boucher.
“I like a lot of things about him. He creates.”
Jagr made it 3-0 at 2:08 of the second period on the power play.
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’s players called a closed-door meeting after the game.
“Totally frustrated with our lack to string together another win,” said Ottawa captain Jason Spezza.
Martin Brodeur won his 10th game of the season 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 defenceman Jared Cowen of both the puck and his stick, then started left, deked right, and came back left to slide the puck past Senators’ goalie Robin Lehner for his eighth goal.
“I scored before like that, but not in the NHL,” Bruner noted.
“It’s just instincts in front of the net and I’m lucky it went in,” he added.
Pittsburgh edged the N.Y. Rangers 4-3 (SO) in the only other NHL game last night.

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