Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/17/13
The obvious joke is that if Jaromir Jagr got pumped when he faced all of his former teams, he’d be a 60-goal scorer again. In reality, the Devils’ right winger is past all that. At 41, he stills gets pumped up to the point where he has been the team’s best forward in almost every game this season. So when Jagr scored two goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-1 victory Saturday night at Prudential Center, one of them into an empty net, the satisfaction was in getting the Devils to within one win of .500 rather than showing up his original NHL club. “I get pumped up because they’re in our division and they’re such a good team. Not because I played there, but because I felt like (Friday night) we missed an opportunity. We had a lot of good chances to win that hockey game (against the Kings) and one bad bounce and bad play that shouldn’t happen cost us the game. “We were close to being .500 with the bad start we had. That would be pretty good. I was glad we bounced back. It was a division game. I would say if I had a choice to pick one victory, L.A. or Pittsburgh, I would take Pittsburgh.” It was, to no one’s surprise, yet another big night from the Devils’ two 41-year-olds. Jagr now has seven goals while Martin Brodeur stopped 27 shots to extend his personal record to 6-1-0 since Oct. 23. Brodeur has six of the team’s seven wins this season and was the difference in the first period as the Devils were outshot, 10-3. “It was a different challenge. Leader in the conference, divisional rival. We played well,” Brodeur said. “We weathered the storm in the first. They were on us a lot, but I found after that we took over the game a little bit.” The Devils got the kind of game they have always expected from Adam Larsson since they drafted the Swedish defenseman fourth overall in 2011. He made two big blocks and scored his first goal in two years to put the Devils ahead for good. Andy Greene’s goal with 18.4 seconds remaining in the first period on a shot from the left wing boards that went through goalie Marc-Andre Fleury was a morale booster. But it was erased when an offensive zone pass from Adam Henrique to Marek Zidlicky at the point went past the defenseman, giving Chris Kunitz a breakaway for the tying goal at 4:18 of the second.
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