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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Jaromir Jagr's 700th career goal by began a four-goal second period by the New Jersey Devils on Saturday as they routed the New York Islanders, 6-1, at Nassau Coliseum.

Jagr became the seventh player in history to score 700 goals in typically impressive fashion when he extended the Devils' lead to 2-0 only 3:31 into the period.

Skating along the boards in search of someone to pass the puck to before he changed his mind, Jagr began maneuvering his way through four Islanders gathered deep in their zone.

With right winger Kyle Okposo trying to poke the puck free from behind, an off-balance Jagr launched a shot that snaked through the gaggle of Islanders, ticked off the skate of defenseman Andrew MacDonald and past goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

An immediate and knowing cheer rose up from the crowd of 15,512, many of whom were wearing Devils sweaters. Linesman Jonny Murray gave the milestone puck to Devils defenseman Andy Greene, who passed it along to the bench for safekeeping.

Jagr, who turned 42 on Feb. 15 and is in his 20th NHL season, is the active leader in goals, assists (1,040) and points scored (1,740). He extended his lead in the latter two categories later in the second, when he earned the assist on a goal by defenseman Marek Zidlicky that gave the Devils a 4-1 lead.

Jagr's efforts helped another 40-something New Jersey player add to his own record-setting totals.

Goaltender Martin Brodeur, the NHL's all-time leader wins and games played, made 18 saves in earning his 683rd victory in his 1,249th game.

It might have been the final game in a Devils uniform for Brodeur, who was making only his second start in the last 11 games and is a candidate to be dealt at the trading deadline on March 5.

Center Adam Henrique scored in the first for the Devils (26-22-13), who won their second in a row and at least temporarily moved to within one point of third-place Philadelphia, pending the Flyers' outcome against the Rangers, in the Metropolitan Division.

Left winger Ryane Clowe and defenseman Mark Fayne also scored during the four-goal second by New Jersey, which was its biggest outburst since scoring four goals in the third period of a 5-2 win over Carolina on Nov. 29.

Defenseman Eric Gelinas added a power play goal, the fourth of the game for the Devils, with 38.1 seconds left.

Okposo's goal 6:14 into the second provided the only score for the Islanders (23-31-8), who have lost eight of their last 10 games.

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov gave up five goals on only 19 shots in the first two periods before he was pulled for Anders Nilsson, who stopped the first 15 shots he faced before Gelinas scored on the Devils' final shot.

NOTES: Before the game, the Islanders recalled G Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the AHL and sent G Kevin Poulin to the same affiliate. Poulin is 11-16-1 for the Islanders this season while Nilsson is 1-2-2 in two earlier stints with New York. ... The Islanders scratched LW Matt Martin, who missed his second straight game because of a lower body injury, as well as D Matt Carkner and D Radek Martinek. Islanders coach Jack Capuano said before the game he hopes Martin and C Frans Nielsen (broken hand) will be available Sunday, when the Islanders play their third game in four days in hosting Florida. ... D Bryce Salvador, the Devils' captain, was scratched because of a bruised collarbone he sustained Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. New Jersey also scratched C Damien Brunner (thigh) and D Peter Harrold. ... G Martin Brodeur last played a complete game for the Devils on Jan. 18, when he took the loss as the Devils fell 3-2 to the Phoenix Coyotes. ... The Devils complete their post-Olympic stretch of three games in four days when they host the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

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