BOSTON - Jaromir Jagr scored off his skate in his Bruins debut and Tuukka Rask stopped 40 shots to lead Boston to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.
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 centring 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.
Rask earned his third shutout of the season. Brodeur made 25 saves for the Devils.
The Bruins keep pace with Montreal, which entered the night with a one-point lead in the Northeast Division. New Jersey, the defending Eastern Conference champions, fell into ninth and out of playoff position.
CANADIENS 4, JETS 1
MONTREAL (AP) ? 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.
CAPITALS 2, ISLANDERS 1, SO
WASHINGTON (AP) ??? 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.
FLYERS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3
TORONTO (AP) ??? 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
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ??? 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
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) ????????? 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.