UNIONDALE, N.Y. — 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 Evgeni Nabokov. Clowe and Zidlicky, with a milestone assist from Jagr, also tallied during power plays.
SABRES: A day after trading their star goalie to St. Louis, Buffalo lost another face of its franchise after Pat LaFontaine abruptly resigned as president of hockey operations on Saturday a little more than three months after being brought in to provide a new direction to the NHL’s last-place team.
BLACKHAWKS: Forward Marian Hossa suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Penguins at Soldier Field.
Hossa took a hard hit from Penguins forward Craig Adams during Chicago’s second power play of the first period, but it was not clear when he was injured.