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Jagr hits another milestone as Devils beat Sens

Dec 19, 2013 - 4:45 AM
Newark, NJ ( - Damien Brunner and Eric Gelinas each posted a goal and assist as New Jersey downed Ottawa, 5-2, at Prudential Center.

Stephen Gionta and Reid Boucher lit the lamp for the Devils, who have won two in a row and three of five. Jaromir Jagr also tallied, moving him past Steve Yzerman into eighth place on the NHL's all-time list (693).

Martin Brodeur made 23 stops as New Jersey ended a four-game losing streak to its Wednesday opponent.

"Liked the win, liked the goals -- I liked our effort," said Devils head coach Peter DeBoer. "I thought we showed up and played a real solid game."

Colin Greening and Milan Michalek scored for the Senators, who couldn't maintain momentum from a 3-2 overtime victory against St. Louis on Monday.

Robin Lehner stopped 28 shots in defeat.

In his first appearance since missing the last 11 games with a sprained right ankle, Gionta needed just 122 seconds to put his team on the board, slipping a shot home from the right side while New Jersey was shorthanded.

Boucher picked up his first career tally at the 12:08 mark, picking up a Gelinas rebound and scoring from the right post to make it 2-0 for the Devils.

"It means a lot. It's something I'll remember for the rest of my life and it's a special moment," Boucher admitted.

Jagr converted a Travis Zajac pass on the backhand during a power play for a 3-0 game at 2:08 of the second period, then Greening got the Sens on the board during their own advantage at 5:30 with a tip in of Mika Zibanejad's try from the left circle.

Brunner put the hosts up 4-1 with a great individual effort. He outmuscled Ottawa's Jared Cowen deep inside the offensive zone, took the puck away, made a slick move on Lehner and slid the puck inside the left post with 27.2 seconds before intermission.

Ottawa climbed within two at 8:35 of the third on Michalek's backhander, but the momentum shifted back to the hosts only 45 seconds later when Gelinas lifted one past Lehner from the left circle.

"We're a long, long way from being an elite team," said Senators head coach Paul MacLean.

Game Notes

The Devils last bested the Senators by a 4-2 count on Apr. 7, 2012 ... Jagr needs one more tally to equal Mark Messier for seventh place ... The 4x- year-old future Hall of Famer was also credited with his 122nd career game- winning goal, surpassing Gordie Howe for the most in NHL history ... New Jersey hosts Anaheim on Friday, and Ottawa begins a three-game homestand Thursday against Florida.

  • OTTAWA: 2

    Dec 18 10:05 PM

  • New Jersey Goal - Eric Gelinas (4), at 9:20.

    Senators 2, Devils 5  3rd - 10:40Dec 18 9:45 PM
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  • Ottawa Power-Play Goal - Milan Michalek (6), at 8:35.

    Senators 2, Devils 4  3rd - 11:25Dec 18 9:43 PM

  • OTTAWA: 1
    End of 2nd

    Dec 18 9:11 PM

  • New Jersey Goal - Damien Brunner, at 19:32.

    Senators 1, Devils 4  2nd - 0:28Dec 18 9:08 PM
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  • Ottawa Goal - Colin Greening, from Milan Michalek at 5:30.

    Senators 1, Devils 3  2nd - 14:30Dec 18 8:42 PM

  • New Jersey Power-Play Goal - Jaromir Jagr (12), at 2:08.

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  • OTTAWA: 0
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    Dec 18 8:13 PM

  • New Jersey Goal - Reid Boucher, from Eric Gelinas at 12:08.

    Senators 0, Devils 2  1st - 7:52Dec 18 8:01 PM
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  • New Jersey Short-Handed Goal - Stephen Gionta, from Adam Henrique at 2:02.

    Senators 0, Devils 1  1st - 17:58Dec 18 7:43 PM

  • OTTAWA: 0
    1st Period - 20:00

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    Senators vs. DevilsJul 20 8:45 AM