NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Jaromir Jagr scored 90 seconds into the game to become the eighth player in NHL history to reach 1,700 career points, Martin Brodeur got his 123rd career shutout, and the New Jersey Devils beat the Nashville Predators 5-0 Sunday night.
Brodeur stopped 15 shots to improve to 4-3-2 this season with his 673rd career victory.
Jagr, who also had an assist, boosted his career totals to 686 goals and 1,015 assists, to put him at 1,701. Former Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Mario Lemieux is seventh with 1,723 points — 690 goals and 1,033 assists.
Cam Janssen scored 2:54 into the second period for the Devils (5-7-5), his second in three games. Marek Zidlicky made it 3-0 less than 6 minutes later on a power play. Travis Zajac and Mattias Tedenby added goals in the third period.
Carter Hutton stopped 18 shots for Nashville (8-7-2).
Andy Greene and Peter Harrold each were credited with an assist on Jagr's milestone goal. Harrold touched the puck to Jagr near the blue line and the 41-year-old skated left and pulled a shot at the left circle that beat Hutton inside the far post.
The crowd began chanting "Ca-am Jans-sen, Ca-am Jans-sen" after the fourth line winger connected for his second goal of the season and the fifth of his career. Mark Zidlicky poked the puck over the blue line and Ryan Carter picked it up and skated straight on goal. His shot was stuffed by Hutton, but Janssen was there to knock it in.
Defenseman Zidlicky connected on the power play with a slap shot from the right point. Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas sent the puck to Zidlicky, who wound up for his shot that beat Hutton to the near side while the Devils' Adam Henrique provided a screen.
Brodeur made a nice glove save in the final minute of the second period to thwart Nashville's Matt Hendricks as he broke in on the net unmarked.
Zajac's goal was the prettiest the Devils scored. Dainius Zubrus carried the puck over the blue line and pass to Jagr on his right. Jagr sent it across to Zajac, who finished it.
Tedenby closed the scoring with 44 seconds remaining.
NOTES: Hendricks headed to the locker room six minutes into the third period with an injury, immediately after he slammed Gelinas into the boards. ... C Stephen Gionta was scratched with a sore foot, snapping his string of 65 straight starts for the Devils. C Jacob Josefson replaced Gionta on the fourth line between LW Carter and RW Janssen. ... C Mike Fisher was scratched for the Predators. ... Nashville had not played in Newark since posting a 3-1 victory on Dec. 17, 2010.
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