Jaromir Jagr became the NHL’s leader in game-winning goals with a flashback to his heyday.
Stealing the puck from Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis at the blue line, Jagr skated the length of the ice, froze goaltender Ben Bishop with a sleek move and deposited a second-period wrist shot into an open net to give the New Jersey Devils a 2-1 victory over the Lightning on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J.
The 684th goal of Jagr’s 20-year NHL career, gave him 119 game-winners, putting him one ahead of Hall of Famer Phil Esposito, who retired in 1971.
‘‘I remember him, I was watching him in 1972,’’ Jagr said. ‘‘I wasn’t watching it live, I was just born in ‘72. I was watching the tapes and he was the man back then.’’
‘‘At least I have one record. [Wayne] Gretzky has all the other ones. But it’s a big accomplishment. You have to be pretty lucky to score at the right time. That’s the way I think my body is built. I don’t get much tired so I was scoring a lot of goals in the third period. That’s why I got a lot of game-winning goals.’’
Adam Henrique also scored and Martin Brodeur made 16 saves as the Devils won consecutive games for the first time this season and ended Tampa Bay’s three-game winning streak.
Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal for Tampa Bay. The loss snapped the Lightning’s three-game road winning streak, its longest since 2007-08.
Rangers 3, Islanders 2 — Benoit Pouliot and Ryan McDonagh scored third-period goals, and the New York Rangers rallied for a victory in Uniondale, N.Y.
Cam Talbot, subbing for No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, made 22 saves for his second win. He played for the third time in four games.
Cal Clutterbuck and Peter Regin scored for the Islanders but the Rangers shut down Thomas Vanek, who was on the ice for 19:49 and registered one shot in his Islanders debut.
Canadiens 2, Stars 1 — Rene Bourque scored in the second period and Carey Price made 26 saves as host Montreal downed Dallas.
Michael Bournival also scored for Montreal, which has won three of its past four.
Cody Eakin scored for Dallas.
Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 0 — Phil Kessel had two goals and two assists and visiting Toronto blanked Edmonton.
James Reimer stopped 43 shots for his 11th career shutout, and James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri also scored for the Maple Leafs.
Blackhawks 6, Senators 5 — Jonathan Toews had three goals and an assist to lead Chicago past visiting Ottawa.
Andrew Shaw scored twice and Marian Hossa had a goal and two assists for the Blackhawks. It was Hossa’s 100th goal with Chicago.
Ducks 3, Flyers 2 — Kyle Palmieri scored two straight goals in the third period to rally the Anaheim past the Flyers in Philadelphia.
Andrew Cogliano also scored for the Ducks, who scored three goals after trailing 2-0 after one period. Matt Read and Vinny Lecavalier scored for the Flyers.
Blues 3, Jets 2 — Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59.4 seconds left to break a tie and Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves to lead host St. Louis.
Steen scored his league-leading 11th goal off a pass from Jay Bouwmeester.
Coyotes 3, Kings 1 — Mike Smith stopped 41 shots, Kyle Chipchura had a goal and an assist, and Phoenix rebounded from last week’s lopsided loss to Los Angeles by beating the Kings in Glendale, Ariz.