Jaromir Jagr scored off his skate in his Bruins debut and Tuukka Rask stopped 40 shots to lead Boston to a 1-0 victory over the Devils last night.

Acquired from Dallas this week shortly before the trade deadline, Jagr joined the Bruins for the pregame skate yesterday morning and quickly endeared himself to the Boston fans. Brad Marchand’s centering pass went off Jagr’s left skate and past Martin Brodeur to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead with 80 seconds gone in the second period.

The Bruins keep pace with Montreal, which entered the night with a one-point lead in the Northeast Division. New Jersey, the defending Eastern Conference champion, fell into ninth and out of playoff position when the Islanders went into overtime with the Capitals.

Rask earned his third shutout of the season. Brodeur, who was selected in the same draft as Jagr in 1990, made 25 saves for the Devils. Jagr, 41, was taken fifth that year while Brodeur, 40, was selected 20th.

The Devils’ best chances came in the second, when Dainius Zubrus and David Clarkson hit the crossbar in succession. New Jersey had some good shots on Rask after pulling Brodeur in the final minutes, but Boston was able to protect the lead.