Newark, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils had a huge night in their 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
The Devils got to an early lead on a short-handed goal by Stephen Gionta at 2:02 in the first period. Gionta was in his first game back from his ankle injury and gave the Devils the 1-0 lead.
The Devils kept rolling from there, scoring their second goal of the game ten minutes later. After a one-timer from Eric Gelinas went wide, the puck bounced right in front to Reid Boucher. Boucher netted his first career NHL goal to give the Devils a 2-0 lead.
The whole stadium erupted and gave Boucher a standing ovation along with a “Boucher!” chant.
The Devils dominated the Senators in possession time and outshot them 12-7.
At 2:08 in the second period, the Devils gained a 3-0 lead on the power play by Jaromir Jagr’s 693rd career NHL goal. The goal passed Steve Yzerman for eighth all time on the NHL goal scoring list.
Damien Brunner scored his eighth of the year in the final 30 seconds of the period. Brunner stole the puck from a Senator defenseman and scored a sweet one-handed backhand breakaway goal. Brunner is hot as of late and now has four goals in just as many games.
The Devils got the fifth goal from Eric Gelinas on a feed from Brunner.
The Senators scored two power play goals from Colin Greening and Milan Michalek.
The win moves the Devils to 14-15-6 and is now in a three-way tie for fourth and trail the third place Carolina Hurricanes by one point in a jammed Metropolitan division.
The Devils play their next game at Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks.
1st Star - Eric Gelinas
2nd Star - Reid Boucher
3rd Star - Damien Brunner