- With his second period goal, Jaromir Jagr passed Steve Yzerman, scoring the 693rd goal of his NHL career. He now sits just one behind Mark Messier for seventh all time.
- Reid Boucher notched the first goal of his NHL career, after he scored off of a bounce off the boards on a shot by Eric Gelinas. Boucher has three points since being called up to New Jersey.
- Speaking of Gelinas, he had a two point night, as the rookie defenseman scored in the third period on a great glove side top-shelf shot from in close.
- In his first game back from injury, Stephen Gionta scored a shorthanded goal that got things going on a strong night for the offense.
It was a big night for the Devils promising young players.
Those old guys weren't so bad either.
The Devils got out to a 3-0 lead and never really looked back, notching their second-straight home win in what was on of their best all-around offensive performances of the season.
It was a night for records and firsts, as well. With his second period goal, Jaromir Jagr became not only the stand-alone eighth highest scorer in NHL history, but he also grabbed sole possession of another great record. His goal, which was the eventual game winning goal, gave him 122 game winning goals for his career, as he passed Gordie Howe for that honor. Jagr moved beyond Steve Yzerman with his 693rd goal and stands just one behind Mark Messier for seventh all time.
On one end, it was another milestone for a decorated career and a great beginning for another.
Reid Boucher notched his first NHL goal after he followed up a miss off the boards by Eric Gelinas. For Boucher, his first NHL tally was the result of his hard work and solid play since he was called up.
"I like a lot of things about him, he wins a lot of battles, he's stronger and faster than he looks and he creates offense for himself and other people on the ice. He has instincts you can't teach," said Pete DeBoer of the 20-year-old winger.
Aside from the goals and records, the biggest takeaway from tonight's game was the Devils ability to answer. When Ottawa made it 3-1, Damien Brunner answered. When the Senators fought back to 4-2, it was Gelinas lighting the lamp for the fourth time this season. The Devils did well to eliminate any chance of a comeback from the Sens by keeping the distance.
There was a lot to like from their performance and they're playing strong hockey at an opportune time. The Devils play a back-to-back that features a home game against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, followed by their first tilt against the division rival Washington Capitals, who currently sit in second place in the Metropolitan Division.
It was their second dominating win in as many games, but there is still a lot of work to do. Despite the two wins, the Devils are still a game under NHL .500 at 14-15-6. With a couple of strong performances this weekend, New Jersey can re-insert themselves right back into the mix in the Metropolitan Division.