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Jagr sets NHL record with 119th game-winning goal

October 30, 2013

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Jaromir Jagr became the NHL’s leader in game-winning goals after scoring on a second-period breakaway to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

The 684th goal of Jagr’s 20-year NHL career, gave him 119 game-winners, putting him one ahead of NHL Hall of Famer Phil Esposito.

“I remember him, I was watching him in 1972,” said the 41-year-old Jagr. “I wasn’t watching it live, I was just born in ’72. I was watching the tapes and he was the man back then.”

Adam Henrique also scored and Martin Brodeur made 16 saves as the Devils won consecutive games for the first time this season and ended Tampa Bay’s three-game winning streak.

Elsewhere in the league, the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-5, the Montreal Canadiens topped the Dallas Stars 2-1 and the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Los Angeles Kings 3-1.

Jonathan Toews had three goals and an assist and Corey Crawford made 14 saves in relief of an ineffective Nikolai Khabibulin for the Blackhawks, who trailed 4-2 with 8:46 left in the second period.

Andrew Shaw also scored twice and Marian Hossa got his 100th goal with Chicago and No. 439 for his career.

The Senators scored three times in a span of four shots in the second, but were unable to hold off the suddenly high-scoring Blackhawks.

Montreal’s Rene Bourque scored in the second period and Carey Price made 26 saves in the win over the Stars.

Michael Bournival also scored for Montreal, which has won three of its past four games.

Cody Eakin scored for Dallas, which remained last in the Central Division.

Phoenix’s Mike Smith stopped 41 shots to rebound from a miserable game against the Kings last week when he allowed four goals on 15 shots in Los Angeles’ 7-4 win.

Smith made numerous tough saves Tuesday before Jarret Stoll beat him on a power play late in the third period.

Kyle Chipchura had a goal and an assist, and Derek Morris and Shane Doan each scored in the final two minutes of the second to break open a tight game for Phoenix.

In other games, St. Louis’ Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59.4 seconds left to break a tie and Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves to lead the Blues over the Winnipeg Jets 3-2.

Anaheim’s Kyle Palmieri scored two straight goals in the third period to rally the Ducks past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2.

The New York Rangers rallied for a 3-2 win over the Islanders with third-period goals from Benoit Pouliot and Ryan McDonagh.

And Toronto’s Phil Kessel had two goals and two assists to lead the Maple Leafs past the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 for their second consecutive victory.

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