Jaromir Jagr scored off his skate on his Bruins debut and Tuukka Rask stopped 40 shots to lead Boston to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the NHL on Thursday.
Acquired from Dallas this week shortly before the trade deadline, Jagr quickly endeared himself to 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.
Rask earned his third shutout of the season. Brodeur made 25 saves for the Devils.
The Bruins keep pace with Montreal, who entered the night with a one-point lead in the NHL’s Northeast Division.
The Canadiens got two goals from Michael Ryder to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 in Montreal.
Brian Gionta and Alex Galchenyuk also scored for Montreal, who have won four of five. 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, who lost their fifth straight game and fell out of first place in the NHL’s Southeast Division. Washington and Winnipeg both have 38 points, but the Capitals own the top spot in the division on a tiebreaker.
Washington made another step toward the NHL playoffs with a 2-1 shootout win over the New York Islanders.
Mike Green scored his fifth goal in four games and Braden Holtby made 35 saves for the Capitals, who have won six of eight.
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 point to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
The Vancouver Canucks moved into first place in the Western Conference’s Northwest Division with a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers.
Cory Schneider made 23 saves and Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist for Vancouver.
Schneider, making his ninth consecutive start, had 12 saves through 40 minutes and then stopped 11 shots in the third for his fourth shutout of the season and eighth of his NHL career.
Nikolai Khabibulin made 24 saves for Edmonton, who had their five-game winning streak broken and fell into ninth place in the Western Conference.
Former Maple Leafs enforcer Jay Rosehill scored the winning goal and Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves for the Philadelphia Flyers, who beat Toronto 5-3 for their fourth straight victory.
Simon Gagne, Jakub Voracek, Brayden Schenn and Luke Schenn also scored for Philadelphia, who are trying to make a late run for a playoff spot.
Ben Bishop stopped a career-high 45 shots to earn a shutout on his Tampa Bay debut as the Lightning beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0.
Bishop was acquired on Wednesday from Ottawa. He posted his third career shutout and second this season while improving to 5-1 in his last six games.
The Los Angeles Kings got goals from Justin Williams and Jeff Carter on the first two shots of the game to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0.
Williams added a goal on Los Angeles’ first shot of the second period. Jonathan Bernier made 23 saves en route to his first shutout of the season and sixth of his NHL career.
Chris Conner scored on his Phoenix debut and Mikkel Boedker had a pair of assists as the Coyotes held off Detroit.
Phoenix kicked off a critical three-game homestand by beating Los Angeles on Tuesday and left the Red Wings flatfooted with three second-period goals.
Michael Stone got the flurry started, Shane Doan finished it off, and Martin Hanzal scored into an empty net with less than a second left. Chad Johnson stopped 34 shots in his third start of the season.
Finland’s Valtteri Filppula scored in the first period, and Daniel Cleary had a power-play goal with 1:13 left in the third, but Detroit could not finish off the comeback and lost for the third time in four games.
In other games, Marian Gaborik scored the go-ahead goal at 4:16 of the third period on his debut for Columbus to help the Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 3-1, and Kevin Shattenkirk scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout as the St Louis Blues rallied to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3.
The NHL-leading Blackhawks lost for only the third time this season when leading after 40 minutes.