- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Jaromir Jagr isn’t acting his age, and the New Jersey Devils are thrilled about it.

Jagr scored the winning goal to snap a third-period tie and lead the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

It was the 21st goal of the season and sixth game-winning tally for Jagr, who is the NHL’s career leader with 124. It also marked the 702nd career goal for the 42-year-old forward, who earlier this season became the seventh player to score 700 NHL goals.

Jagr, in his 20th NHL season, is enjoying the opportunity the Devils have provided him.

“Without the fun at my age, there’s no chance you can play,” Jagr said. “You have to grab the opportunity. I got a chance to play and now it’s up to me what kind of advantage I take of it.”

While outsiders might be surprised by Jagr’s success, those close to him aren’t.

“He’s done that all year for us,” Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. “Nothing surprises me about him. When you’re around him, that’s why he’s one of the best of all time.”

Travis Zajac had the other goal for New Jersey (29-24-13), which won for the fifth time in seven games to move within two points of the third-place Flyers in the tightly bunched Metropolitan Division.

Adam Henrique was held in check by the Flyers, and his six-game goal streak was snapped. Henrique had nine goals and two assists during that run.

Nicklas Grossman scored for the Flyers (33-25-7), who are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games.

“Well, it’s a tough loss,” Flyers coach Craig Berube said. “Obviously, our team battled hard; it was a good game, I thought we competed hard. We didn’t score enough goals.”

Philadelphia had a potential tying goal by Scott Hartnell disallowed by officials with 40.1 seconds remaining because it was determined that Hartnell pushed goalie Martin Brodeur into the net.

“Not saying he did it on purpose, but his momentum threw him into me,” Brodeur said. “It really prevented me. It didn’t warrant a penalty. I think it’s the right call.”

Brodeur won for the fourth straight time. Like Jagr, the 41-year-old Brodeur didn’t show his age.

“He was in a zone,” Jagr said. “It’s Marty Brodeur, what do you want me to say? Either you’ve got it or you don’t, and he’s got it.”

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