WASHINGTON (TICKER) —One of the NHL’s hottest scorers meets one of the league’s hottest goaltenders when Jaromir Jagr and the Washington Capitals host Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
Jagr has collected 12 goals and 12 assists in his last 21 games and has 60 points this season. On Tuesday, Jagr recorded his 11th hat trick and tallied his 500th career goal in a 5-1 win at Tampa Bay.
The All-Star right wing finished with four points in just over 18 minutes of ice time. His big night came after coach Bruce Cassidy announced during the All-Star break that Jagr would see 25 minutes a game, up from 21 minutes per contest before the All-Star break.
Jagr’s performance and 27 saves by goaltender Olaf Kolzig helped Washington improve to 12-3-4-3 in its last 22 games.
Brodeur, also an All-Star, is 13-4-2 over his last 19 games. He is tied with Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Chicago’s Jocelyn Thibault for the league lead with six shutouts, is second with a 1.91 goals-against average and first with 28 wins.
Brodeur got a rare night off in Tuesday’s 4-1 home win over the Buffalo Sabres.
The Devils improved to 11-0-1-1 over their last 13 games and tied Ottawa for first place in the Eastern Conference as backup Corey Schwab made 19 saves for his third straight win and Joe Nieuwendyk scored twice.
Brodeur owns a 21-10-3 record vs. Washington and Jagr has scored 23 goals in 58 career games vs. the Devils.
The teams split in a home-and-home set in late December as the home team won each contest. Jagr netted the game-winner in Washington’s 3-2 win on December 27 and defenseman Scott Niedermayer scored a power-play goal with 50 seconds left in overtime to give New Jersey a 2-1 win the following night.