Jagr scored his 695th goal and center Adam Henrique had a goal and
an assist to lead New Jersey to a 4-1 win against the Canadiens on
Brodeur made 29 saves for his 20th win in 31 career starts at Bell
"I've had enough good games — I didn't really care; I just wanted
to have fun," said the 41-year-old Brodeur, who is the NHL's
all-time leader in goalie games played, wins and shutouts. "It's
always, it might be my last one, but it might not be either. I just
want to play well. It doesn't matter which situation, I'm there to
win a hockey game, that's it, and I'll do that until they (don't)
let me do it."
Defensemen Eric Gelinas and Dainius Zubrus also scored for the
Devils, who have not lost in regulation in their last five games
(3-0-2), including a 3-2 shootout loss in Toronto that began their
current four-game road trip.
Left winger Max Pacioretty scored his 20th goal for Montreal, which
lost for the second time in three games despite a 2-1 overtime win
Saturday against reigning Stanley Cup champion Chicago.
Canadiens goalie Carey Price stopped 15 shots.
"This is a team who's got a lot of puck possession but we were the
team that was attacking, and we got some chances," Montreal coach
Michel Therrien said. "We got 30 shots against 19, but it was, I
guess, one of those nights that you are facing a hot goalie and
makes a difference."
Jagr scored his 14th goal 17:23 into the first period to move ahead
of Mark Messier into seventh place on the NHL's all-time goals list.
The 41-year-old Czech signed a one-year, $2 million free-agent
contract with the Devils on July 23 that includes a $2 million bonus
clause that reportedly kicked in when he played his 45th game of the
season on Thursday.
"I'm not thinking about retiring yet," Jagr said. "I'm not counting
my games yet. As long as I have fun."
Jagr's tally drew New Jersey even at 1-1. He is 13 goals behind Mike
Gartner, one of six members of the league's 700-goal club with 708.
"It's been fun to watch him play," Brodeur said.
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Gelinas used Montreal defenseman Douglas Murray as a screen
to drive a shot from the left point past Price and put the
Devils ahead 2-1 with his fifth goal on a power play 1:20 into
New Jersey left winger Ryan Clowe got his second assist in a row
on Henrique's goal at 4:02 that increased the lead to 3-1.
Zubrus scored into an empty net with 14 seconds left in the
"Everybody knows Jersey's a great team once they have the lead
and they're able to play a good team game for 60 minutes and
find a way to try and shut us down once they sat on the lead,"
Pacioretty said. "It's no excuse. We've got to be able to come
back and when we're down a couple still generate offense."
Pacioretty gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the
game when he snapped a shot over Brodeur's glove from the top of
the right faceoff circle.
Montreal right winger Brendan Gallagher appeared to score a goal
that would have drawn the Canadiens within one at 8:30 of the
second. The score was disallowed after a video review determined
that Gallagher had kicked the puck into the net.
NOTES: Devils G Martin Brodeur entered the game with a 44-19-6
mark, nine shutouts, a 1.85 goals-against average and a .929
save percentage in 69 regular-season games against Montreal. ...
New Jersey RW Jaromir Jagr's first-period goal was his 41st in
74 regular-season games against the Canadiens. Jagr moved ahead
of former Pittsburgh teammate Mario Lemieux into seventh place
on the all-time points list on Saturday with an assist for his
1,724th point in the Devils' 2-1 overtime win against Florida.
... Canadiens C David Desharnais was a late scratch because of
the flu. Desharnais has six goals and 15 assists for 21 points
in 44 games. ... D Francis Bouillon, who was a healthy scratch
for Montreal's 2-1 overtime win against Chicago on Saturday,
drew into the lineup as the Canadiens dressed seven defensemen.
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