MONTREAL – New Jersey Devils veterans Jaromir Jagr and Martin Brodeur just keep summoning good hockey out of their 41-year-old bodies.
The sure-fire Hall of Famers stole the show at the Bell Centre on Tuesday night, with Jagr moving past Mark Messier for seventh place on the NHL’s career goal list and Brodeur stopping 29 shots in the Devils’ 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
“We talk to each other a lot about certain things,” Brodeur said. “I think we have a lot in common about what our careers brought us.
“It’s nice to relate to a guy. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do that here in New Jersey because we had so many young guys. It’s been fun to watch him play. It’s pretty impressive what he’s accomplished.”
Jagr tied the game at 17:23 of the first period with his first goal in 11 games and his 14th of the season. But more importantly, it was the 695th of a career that began in 1990 with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The goal came days after he passed former Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux for seventh place in career points with 1,724.
Brodeur, making his first start in four games, extended his NHL record for wins to 682, although Max Pacioretty’s goal at the 7:00 mark of the first period kept his shutout record at 124.
At the end, both were called onto the ice for an ovation from the 21,273 Bell Centre fans as Brodeur was named first star and Jagr got second star.
“I didn’t expect that in somebody else’s building, but there’s a little history here for me,” said Brodeur, a Montreal native whose late father, Denis, was once the Canadiens’ team photographer. “It’s definitely nice of them to do that.”
Montreal had a 30-19 shot advantage, but the Devils scored more than two goals for the first time in six outings and the second time in their last 11. Brodeur and some tenacious third-period checking did the rest as New Jersey stretched its points streak to five games.
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien felt his team played with energy, but just couldn’t score.
“We competed,” Therrien said. “We set the tempo, but the story of the game was Marty Brodeur.
“He was phenomenal. . . .”
Despite their age, neither Brodeur nor Jagr has not decided on retirement just yet.
The game was billed as possibly Brodeur’s last visit to the Bell Centre, but he’s not ready to concede that.
Avalanche 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)
In Chicago, Tyson Barrie scored his second goal of the game on a power play at 4:09 of overtime to lift Colorado past the hosts.
Predators 4, Flames 2
In Nashville, Ryan Ellis ended a 42-game scoring drought by notching the first of the Predators’ three third-period goals and added an assist to lead the hosts over Calgary.
Sharks 2, Capitals 1 (SO)
In Washington, Patrick Marleau scored the only goal of the shootout, lifting San Jose over the Caps.
Ovechkin scored his league-leading 33rd goal at 12:44 of the second period.
Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3
In Boston, Tyler Bozak scored twice and Phil Kessel had three assists as Toronto held off the Bruins.
Lightning 2, Rangers 1
In New York, Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov scored 9 seconds apart early in the second period and Ben Bishop made 33 saves in his return from injury as Tampa Bay ended the Rangers’ three-game winning streak.
Flyers 4, Sabres 3
In Buffalo, Vincent Lecavalier scored with 15 seconds remaining to cap a topsy-turvy finish, sending Philadelphia past the Sabres.
Stars 5, Oilers 2
In Dallas, Ryan Garbutt had a goal and two assists as the Stars ended a six-game losing streak with a victory over Edmonton.
Panthers 4, Islanders 2
In Sunrise, Florida, Scottie Upshall scored a short-handed goal and had an assist to carry the hosts past New York.
Blues 2, Coyotes 1
In St. Louis, T.J. Oshie scored twice, Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves and the Blues sent Phoenix to their season-high fourth straight loss.
Senators 3, Wild 0
In St. Paul, Minnesota, Kyle Turris had a goal and added an assist and Robin Lehner made 27 saves for his second career shutout as Ottawa beat the Wild to head home after earning seven of a possible eight points on a four-game road trip.