One of these men is in his first NHL season, while the other is currently in his 20th season. One scored his first goal of his career, while the other scored his 693rd goal of his career, passing Steve Yzerman on the all-time list. To say that Reid Boucher and Jaromir Jagr are in different parts of their career would be an understatement.
On Wednesday night, they both helped the New Jersey Devils gain a victory over the Ottawa Senators. In fact, even their goals were completely different. Boucher scored when Eric Gelinas blasted a shot that completely missed the net and bounced off the boards to his stick for an open net goal. Jagr scored a power play goal that came from a Travis Zajac pass that he put five-hole through Robin Lehner to make it 3-0 Devils in the second period.
They weren’t the only Devils to get in on the scoring, as the team scored five goals in all against the Senators to take home the victory 5-2. All in all, this could be the best offensive performance by the Devils all season. A whooping 11 players recorded a point. Only three players on the team did not record a shot. From top to bottom, this was exactly what the Devils’ coaching staff wants to see out of this team.
Martin Brodeur only allowed two goals on 25 shots against. The first goal was a beautiful tip-in by Colin Greening that was almost unavoidable. The second goal came from a defensive breakdown. This is just another good performance by Brodeur.
This is the kind of win that the Devils have to feed off of. They play the Pacific Division-leading Anaheim Ducks on Friday. They may be one of the best in the league, but they just aren’t as good on the road. Ten of their 12 losses have come away from the Honda Center. Not only that, but one of their two losses at home came to the Devils. It is a game that the Devils need to look to steal on Friday night. Besides that, they should really relish this win.
Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports. He also adds to their MLB, NFL and NBA content. You can follow him on Twitter for more sports talk.