TRAVIS ZAJAC had a goal and an assist, and Cory Schneider made 26 saves, but Jaromir Jagr called unheralded Jordin Tootoo the star of the game for the struggling Devils.
Tootoo didn't figure in the scoring as the Devils beat visiting Pittsburgh, 3-1, last night. However, Tootoo contributed with his fists, twice fighting Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo in the second period to exact a measure of revenge while providing a needed spark.
"He was the No. 1 star, for sure," Jagr said. "He changed the game. Everybody knew it was coming. It's not an accident that after his fights we scored goals. It was perfect timing, and we took advantage of that."
Jagr and Adam Henrique also scored for the Devils, who got their first win in two games since general manager Lou Lamoriello fired coach Pete DeBoer on Friday and joined new coaches Scott Stevens and Adam Oates behind the bench as part of a three-man committee.
* At Boston, Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist, and the Bruins had a season-high 45 shots in a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
* At Uniondale, Johnny Boychuk's power-play goal 2:53 into in OT lifted the New York Islanders over Washington, 4-3.
* At Raleigh, Jiri Sekac and Lars Eller scored second-period goals, and the Montreal Canadiens beat Carolina, 3-1.
* At Ottawa, Bobby Ryan had a hat trick and the Senators topped the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2.
* At Tampa, Steven Stamkos scored his 20th goal to break a third-period tie, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from an early two-goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2.
* At St. Louis, Martin Brodeur stopped all 16 shots he faced and recorded his NHL-record 125th shutout and 691st victory as the Blues beat Colorado, 3-0.
* At Winnipeg, Marco Scandella scored in the final seconds of the second period, and Minnesota made it stand up as the game-winner in a 3-2 win over the Jets.
In Wild news, center Mikael Granlund had surgery to repair a broken left wrist and likely will be out a month.
In Jets news, forward Evander Kane will be out until early February with a lower-body injury.
* At Chicago, Jonathan Toews scored the only goal in the shootout and the Blackhawks topped Nashville, 5-4.
* At Dallas, Antoine Roussel scored early in the second period to give the Stars a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers.
* At Calgary, Jonas Hiller made 26 saves and Jiri Hudler had two assists to help the Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings, 2-1.