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Jagr Pays Off For Bruins – NHL News And Scores For April 5th

New Jersey Devils v Boston Bruins - Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
New Jersey Devils v Boston Bruins – Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins’ acquisition of 41-year-old Jaromir Jagr (YAH’-roh-meer YAH’-gur) has paid immediate dividends. Jagr scored off his skate in his Bruins debut and Tuukka Rask (TOO’-kah rask) stopped 40 shots to lead Boston to a 1-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

Acquired from Dallas at the trade deadline on Wednesday, Jagr joined the Bruins for the pregame skate Thursday morning and quickly endeared himself to the Boston fans. Brad Marchand’s centering pass went off Jagr’s left skate and past Martin Brodeur (mar-TAN’ broh-DYOOR’) to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 80 seconds gone in the second period. Rask made it stand up.

In other hockey news:

__ Washington climbed into a tie for the Southeast Division lead with a 2-1 shootout victory over the New York Islanders. Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH’-kin) scored the lone goal in the shootout. The Caps have two games in hand over Winnipeg, which has lost five straight.

__ Montreal beat Winnipeg 4-1 to drop the Jets a tie with Washington in the Southeast Division. The Canadiens are a point ahead of Boston in the Northeast race. Michael Ryder scored twice.

__ Ben Bishop earned a shutout in his debut with Tampa Bay and the Lightning routed Carolina 5-0. Bishop, acquired a day earlier from Ottawa in exchange for promising rookie Cory Conacher, stopped a career-high 45 shots.

__ Former Maple Leafs enforcer Jay Rosehill scored the winning goal, and Ilya Bryzgalov (IHL’-yuh brihs-GAH’-lahf) made 25 saves for the surging Philadelphia Flyers, who beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 for their fourth straight victory.

__ Newly acquired 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 3-1.

__ Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout and the St. Louis Blues came back for a 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.

__ Chris Conner scored in his Phoenix debut, Mikkel Boedker had a pair of assists, and the Coyotes held off the Detroit Red Wings 4-2.

__ Jeff Carter scored his 21st goal in the L.A. Kings’ 3-0 win over Minnesota. Justin Williams scored the other two goals.

__ Vancouver beat Edmonton 4-0. Henrik Sedin (seh-DEEN’) and Chris Higgins each notched their 10th goal for the Canucks.

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