Jaromir Jagr’s first winning goal for the Devils was a record-breaker.
Scoring on a second-period breakaway, Jagr surpassed Phil Esposito’s NHL record with his 119th career game-winning goal as the Devils edged the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, tonight at Prudential Center.
Martin Brodeur posted his second straight victory, preserving the win with a left-pad save on Valtteri Filppula alone in front with 6:45 remaining.
"The expectation on Marty is always pretty high. The bar is pretty high with him," coach Pete DeBoer said. "I’m not worried about Marty. I’m worried about building on our team game."
The Devils (3-5-4) posted successive wins for the first time this season.
Defenseman Anton Volchenkov was called for interference on Alex Killorn 21 seconds into the second period, but the Devils scored while killing off the penalty.
Adam Henrique blocked a pass from Tampa Bay’s Matthew Carle at the left point and carried the puck up ice. After a cross-ice pas...