WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Jaromir Jagr scored in his debut for the Washington Capitals Saturday night and got help from a lot of new friends in a season-opening 6-1 rout of the New Jersey Devils.
Acquired on July 11 from the Pittsburgh Penguins for three prospects, Jagr got off to a quick start as he seeks a fifth straight NHL scoring title. He scored at 6:44 to highlight a four-goal second period as Washington built a 5-1 lead and chased All-Star goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Jagr's new team got production from its checking line. Ulf Dahlen had a power-play goal and two assists, Jeff Halpern added a goal and an assist and Steve Konowalchuk picked up a pair of assists.
It was an inauspicious opener for Brodeur, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension Wednesday but was replaced by rookie Scott Clemmensen after allowing five goals on 20 shots.
New Jersey lost for just the second time in its last 12 openers (8-2-2-0).