BOSTON – 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 the New Jersey Devils 1-0.
They always say you’ve got to drive to the net. Now I know why, said Jagr, 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.
With the win, the Bruins kept pace with Montreal, which beat Winnipeg 4-1 Thursday to maintain a one-point lead in the Northeast Division.
LIGHTNING 5, HURRICANES 0: In Raleigh, N.C., Ben Bishop earned a shutout in his debut with Tampa Bay.
Bishop, acquired a day earlier from Ottawa in exchange for rookie Cory Conacher, stopped a career-high 45 shots.
The Lightning moved into a tie with Carolina for third in the mediocre Southeast Division.
FLYERS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3: In Toronto, former Maple Leafs enforcer Jay Rosehill scored the winning goal, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves as Philadelphia won its fourth straight.
Simon Gagne, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn also scored for Philadelphia, which is trying to make a late run for a playoff spot. Sean Couturier added two assists.
CAPITALS 2, ISLANDERS 1, SO: In Washington, Mike Green scored his fifth goal in four games, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and then was perfect in the shootout to lead Washington.
CANADIENS 4, JETS 1: In Montreal, Michael Ryder scored two goals and set up another as Montreal handed Winnipeg its fifth straight loss. The Jets fell to 10th in the Eastern Conference playoff race.