Jagr sets up 2 goals to lead Devils over Caps

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: January 24, 2014
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jaromir Jagr has hit so many NHL milestones this season for the New Jersey Devils that he is starting to downplay them.

Jagr tied another one on Friday night, setting up two goals to match former teammate Mario Lemieux for 10th on the NHL's career assists in a 2-1 win that sent the Washington Capitals to their seventh straight loss.

Jagr's response to the achievement was expected.

"I don't know," the remarkable 41-year-old Czech said. "I don't pay attention."

Jagr is having a season that makes it hard not to pay attention. Besides being the Devils leading scorer (16 goals, 26 assists), he has replaced Gordie Howe as the NHL's all-time leader in game-winning goals (122), moved past Mark Messier for seventh place all-time in goals (697) and now tied Lemieux with 1,033 assists, seven behind Marcel Dionne.

Jagr was able to joke about the assists, noting: "I'm a great goal scorer."

He was not thrilled about the game, which was the Devils' final one before Sunday's outdoor game at Yankee Stadium against the Rangers.

"We didn't play well," Jagr said. "We're lucky we got two points. They are struggling and we didn't score when we had the chance. We didn't play very well and it almost cost us a game."

Stephen Gionta and Adam Henrique scored for New Jersey and Cory Schneider continue his stellar play in net, stopping 30 shots to give New Jersey its second straight win and points in eight of nine games.

Jason Chimera scored for the Capitals, whose seven-game slide is their longest since late 2010. This was the second game they played without All-Star Alex Ovechkin, out with a lower-body injury.

"I thought we had them on their heels," Schneider said. "They are a good team and they need points so they came out hard. They have some skill players, even without Ovechkin."

Washington, which was starting a season-high five game road trip, has now lost 13 of 16, and it has scored eight goals during the current losing streak.

The Devils, who had their biggest goal output since 2010 in a 7-1 win over St. Louis on Tuesday, didn't wait long to take the lead against Washington.



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