With just over two minutes to play in the second period, Bortuzzo leveled Jagr and appeared to make contact above the shoulders. Jagr left the game and did not return, but Bortuzzo was not penalized for the hit.
The Devils responded to Bortuzzo's hit after the game with several pointed comments. Head coach Pete DeBoer told reporters the reaction to the hit would have been different if his team did it to a star Penguins player.
"I thought it was a real liberty. Totally unnecessary. If 1 of our guys had done that to [Sidney] Crosby, it'd be World War 4."
"I'm not going to forget what number he is," Tootoo said. "It's a long season."
Jagr played for Pittsburgh for the first 11 years of his career, from 1990 to 2001.
Pittsburgh is 17-5-2 and in first place in the Metropolitan Division. New Jersey is in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division at 9-12-4.
- Paul Palladino