Bruins 1, Devils 0
Jaromir Jagr's first goal in a Boston uniform was not one he will brag about at the end of his Hall of Fame career.
It was all the Bruins needed to win in his debut, though.
Jagr deflected the puck into the net off his skate for the game's only goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 40 shots for his third shutout of the season on Thursday night as Boston beat New Jersey.
"They always say you've got to drive to the net. Now I know why," said the 41-year-old forward, who has 680 goals in his 19-year career and 15 this season for the Stars and Bruins combined. "If I'd known when I was 20, I'd have 100 more goals now."
Acquired from Dallas this week shortly before the trade deadline, Jagr joined the Bruins for the pregame skate Thursday morning and quickly endeared himself to the Boston fans. Brad Marchand's centering pass went off Jagr's left skate and past Martin Brodeur to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 80 seconds gone in the second period.
Fans, some wearing mullet wigs, gave Jagr a standing ovation when he took the ice for his first shift in the first period and chanted his name after the goal. Jagr skipped the military salute he traditionally uses to celebrate a goal, saying he would save it for the playoffs.
"Or if I score a good goal," he said. "Not with my leg."
Rask earned his 14th career shutout with some help from the crossbar and the post that foiled Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson, respectively.
Brodeur made 25 saves for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who fell into ninth and out of playoff position when the New York Islanders went into overtime with the Capitals on Thursday.
"I'd be lying if I said we don't know where we are in the playoffs. But we're not thinking about it (every) game," Devils defenseman Andy Greene said. "If we play 11 more games like this, I think we'll give ourselves the best chance to continue to play."
With the win, the Bruins kept pace with Montreal, which beat Winnipeg 4-1 later Thursday to maintain a one-point lead in the Northeast Division.
Jagr, 41, is 10th on the NHL career list with 1,680 points over a 19-year career in which he established himself as a star alongside Mario Lemieux with the Pittsburgh Penguins while winning the Stanley Cup in his first two seasons. After stints with the Capitals, Rangers, Flyers and Stars, Dallas sent him to Boston on Tuesday for two prospects and a draft pick.
His presence became even more important for the 2011 Stanley Cup champions when first-line center Patrice Bergeron sustained a concussion on Tuesday night — at least the fourth of his NHL career. Bergeron, who leads the Bruins with 31 points in 35 games, is out indefinitely.
"In the morning skate, it was a little nerve-racking being out there with him," Marchand said. "Just felt like you've got to give it to him all the time and watch him do his thing. We grew up watching this guy, and he was the best player throughout my childhood. It was an honor to watch him.
"A little different playing with him now, but a lot of fun."
Capitals 2, Islanders 1 (SO)
Mike Green scored his fifth goal in four games, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and then was perfect in the shootout, and Washington's long, slow comeback toward a playoff spot took another big step with a shootout win over the New York Islanders.
Holtby denied Frans Nielsen, Brad Boyes and John Tavares in the shootout for the Capitals, who moved into a tie on points with Winnipeg atop the Southeast Division.
Washington has two games in hand against Winnipeg, a major turnaround for a Capitals team that started 2-8-1. They have won six of eight.
The Islanders tied the game on Kyle Okposo's one-timer with 4:59 to play in regulation.
Evgeni Nabokov was Holtby's equal, making 21 stops in a game that was just as crucial for the surging Islanders. New York, trying to make playoffs for first time since 2007, had won five of six and picked up a standings point to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Canadiens 4, Jets 1
Michael Ryder scored two goals and set up another, and Montreal handed Winnipeg its fifth straight loss.
Brian Gionta and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal (24-8-5), which has won four of five but was coming off a 5-3 loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Winnipeg outshot Montreal 35-24, but Canadiens backup goalie Peter Budaj improved to 6-1-1.
Alexander Burmistrov got his first goal in 18 games for the Jets (18-19-2), who fell out of first place in the Southeast Division to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Washington and Winnipeg both have 38 points, but the Capitals own the top spot in the division on a tiebreaker.
The Jets, who were swept on a three-game road trip, have scored only six goals during their losing streak.
Blues 4, Blackhawks 3 (SO)
Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout and St. Louis came back for a 4-3 win.
With the tiebreaker knotted at 3-3, Shattenkirk beat Corey Crawford with a high shot on the goalie's left side.
Chris Stewart, Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen also connected in the shootout as the Blues bounced back from a 2-1 deficit after two periods and ended a seven game (0-3-4) losing streak in Chicago.
St. Louis' Adam Cracknell scored his first two goals of the season and David Backes added a goal early in the third period.
Jonathan Toews, Brandon Saad and Viktor Stalberg scored for Chicago. Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa connected in the shootout.
Flyers 5, Maple Leafs 3
Former Maple Leafs enforcer Jay Rosehill scored the winning goal, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves for surging Philadelphia, which beat Toronto for its fourth straight victory.
Simon Gagne, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn also scored for Philadelphia (17-17-3), which is trying to make a late run for a playoff spot. Sean Couturier added two assists.
Nikolai Kulemin, John-Michael Liles and James van Riemsdyk had goals for Toronto (20-13-4), which lost left wing Joffrey Lupul in the first period to an upper-body injury after he took a hard hit.
James Reimer made 26 saves for the Maple Leafs. Dion Phaneuf had two assists.
Lightning 5, Hurricanes 0
Ben Bishop earned a shutout in his debut with Tampa Bay and the Lightning routed reeling Carolina.
Bishop, acquired Wednesday from Ottawa for promising rookie Cory Conacher, stopped a career-high 45 shots.
Teddy Purcell, Tom Pyatt and Keith Aulie scored during the Lightning's three-goal second period.
Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists, NHL goal leader Steven Stamkos had two assists, and Benoit Pouliot added a goal and an assist to help Tampa Bay earn points for the fourth straight game.
The Lightning moved into a tie with Carolina for third in the Southeast Division.
Dan Ellis stopped 25 shots for the Hurricanes. Since they led Washington 2-0 on March 14 — a game they lost 3-2 — they have been outscored 42-15 while dropping 10 of 11 games.
Bishop posted his third career shutout and second this season while improving to 5-1 in his last six games.
Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1
Marian Gaborik scored the go-ahead goal at 4:16 of the third period and added an assist in his debut with Columbus, helping the Blue Jackets beat the Predators.
The Blue Jackets won for just the seventh time in Nashville and the second time this season in this series between Central Division rivals. Matt Calvert also had a goal and an assist, James Wisniewski had a power-play goal, and Brandon Dubinsky had two assists. Sergei Bobrovsky made 38 saves.
Kevin Klein scored a goal for Nashville, which slipped one point behind Columbus and into 11th place in the Western Conference.
Coyotes 4, Red Wings 2
Chris Conner scored in his Phoenix debut, Mikkel Boedker had a pair of assists, and the Coyotes held off Detroit.
Phoenix kicked off a critical three-game homestand by beating Los Angeles on Tuesday and left the Red Wings flatfooted with three second-period goals.
Michael Stone got the flurry started, Shane Doan finished it off, and Martin Hanzal scored into an empty net with less than a second left. Chad Johnson stopped 34 shots in his third start of the season.
Valtteri Filppula scored in the first period and Daniel Cleary had a power-play goal with 1:13 left in the third, but Detroit couldn't finish off the comeback and lost for the third time in four games.
Canucks 4, Oilers 0
Cory Schneider made 23 saves and Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist for Vancouver in its win, moving it past Minnesota for first in the Northwest Division and third in the Western Conference.
Schneider, making his ninth consecutive start, had to make just 12 saves through 40 minutes, but stopped 11 in the third for his fourth shutout of the season and eighth of his career.
Sedin set up Kevin Bieksa’s first-period goal and then scored in the second. Chris Higgins and Zack Kassian scored in the third to help Vancouver snap out of a two-game skid.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 24 saves for Edmonton, which had its five-game winning streak snapped and fell into ninth in the conference, outside the playoff picture.
Kings 3, Wild 0
Justin Williams and Jeff Carter scored 98 seconds apart on the first two shots of the game, Williams added a goal on Los Angeles' first shot of the second period, and the Kings beat Minnesota behind Jonathan Bernier's first shutout of the season.
Bernier made 23 saves en route to his sixth NHL shutout and first since Feb. 12, 2012 — also against the Wild at Minnesota. The five-year veteran is 9-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average in 10 starts in which he got the decision.
Williams extended his goal streak to five games, eclipsing his previous career best.
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