MONTREAL (NHL.com) - If this was the final game in Montreal of Martin Brodeur's storied career, it was a perfect way to say goodbye to his hometown.
Brodeur's 29 saves were more than enough as the New Jersey Devils had a rare offensive outburst by their standards to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 at Bell Centre on Tuesday.
Brodeur allowed eight goals in his previous two starts before sitting for a week while Devils coach Peter DeBoer gave Cory Schneider three straight starts for the second time this season.
But as Brodeur always seems to do, he saved his best for Bell Centre, where he has a 20-9-1 record.
Brodeur received a nice ovation from the crowd that remained when he was announced as the game's first star.
He was not the only likely future member of the Hall of Fame to star for the Devils (20-18-10). Jaromir Jagr scored their first goal at 17:23 of the first period to snap a 10-game goal drought and tie the game 1-1. It was his 695th career goal, allowing him to pass Mark Messier for seventh place on the NHL's all-time list.
Eric Gelinas, Adam Henrique and Dainius Zubrus also scored for the Devils, who won for the third time in four games and have collected points in five straight (3-0-2) to move past the Columbus Blue Jackets into fifth place in the Metropolitan Division.
This was the second time in New Jersey's past 11 games it managed to score more than two goals, and the first time in that span they won when doing so (the other instance coming in a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 3).
Max Pacioretty scored his 20th goal of the season for the Canadiens (26-16-5), who lost their second in three games.
Montreal has had trouble scoring of late with six goals in four games, and much of the blame for that can go to a power play that went 0-for-3 and has been unsuccessful in 18 straight attempts.
Montreal scored first when Pacioretty rifled a shot from the top of the faceoff circle past an unscreened Brodeur at 7:00 of the first period, giving him his second career 20-goal season.
Jagr tied it at 17:23 when he came down the right wing toward the corner, stopped suddenly and cut to the middle on Josh Gorges before putting a low shot through a crowd past Carey Price and inside the far post for his 14th goal of the season
The Devils took the lead early in the second period with a power-play goal from Gelinas, who one-timed a blast from the point that beat Price with the help of a screen from Montreal defenseman Douglas Murray at 1:20.
Henrique made it 3-1 less than three minutes later with his 12th of the season with the help of some nice work from his linemates. Michael Ryder's one-timer from the slot forced Price to make a difficult save, and Ryane Clowe came crashing into the crease looking for a rebound, instead sending the puck to Henrique for an easy tap-in goal at 4:02.
Price made an incredible save off Ryder at 7:33 to keep the Canadiens within striking distance, going post-to-post to stop him with his glove on a 2-on-1 rush.
That save looked like it could be a big one when Brendan Gallagher appeared to score for Montreal less than a minute later at 8:30, but the goal was disallowed after video review determined Gallagher kicked the puck past Brodeur with his right skate.
The Canadiens generated very little in the third period, when the Devils limited them to six shots on Brodeur. Zubrus scored into an empty net off a pass from Jagr with 13.1 seconds to play.