UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — 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 beleaguered goalie 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.
Brodeur, the subject of trade rumors less than a week before the NHL deadline, played for the first time since being pulled from a loss to the New York Rangers on Jan. 26 outside at Yankee Stadium when he allowed six goals on 21 shots in two periods. Cory Schneider started all seven games since.
Brodeur made 10 saves in the first period and 18 overall in earning his 14th win of the season and 683rd of his NHL career.
The 42-year-old Jagr moved into the elite goal group when he netted his 19th of the season. The Islanders have been Jagr’s favorite target in his 20 NHL seasons. He has 61 goals and 88 assists in 101 career games.
Jagr stickhandled from the right wing boards into the slot and then slid a shot along the ice that eluded Nabokov at 3:31 of the second.
Jagr was surrounded by his teammates who were on the ice with him and then skated across the front of the bench, patting gloves along the way. He received a nice ovation from the crowd when his milestone was announced.
The Islanders are the only team from the old Patrick Division for which Jagr, a recent Czech Republic Olympian, has never played. This is his first season with New Jersey.
Jagr is only eight goals behind Mike Gartner, sixth on the NHL career list. Wayne Gretzky holds the record of 894. Jagr is seventh in career points with 1,740.
Gretzky netted his 700th goal on Long Island on Jan. 3, 1991, while with Los Angeles. Marcel Dionne, then of the New York Rangers, also reached the mark against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, hitting the milestone on Oct. 31, 1987. Dionne is fourth on the list with 731 goals.
Jagr later set up Zidlicky’s goal that pushed the Devils ahead 4-1. It was Jagr’s 1,040th assist, tying him with Dionne for ninth place in NHL history.
NOTES: Devils captain Bryce Salvador missed the game because of a bruised collarbone sustained Thursday against Columbus. D Anton Volchenkov took his place in the lineup. RW Damien Brunner also sat out because of a charley horse in his left leg, resulting from a hit Thursday. C Jacob Josefson replaced him. … The Islanders loaned G Kevin Poulin to Bridgeport (AHL). … Clowe, Henrique and Zidlicky had three-point games. … New York had killed 21 of 22 penalties over eight games before yielding four power-play goals to New Jersey.