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Setoguchi Stars In Jets Win

By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck

A slash on Shea Weber, a subsequent game-winning goal on the ensuing power play and a spot in the proverbial ‘dog house.’ Evidently, it was all the motivation Devin Setoguchi needed to change his game around in relative short order.

After watching his team lose at his hands on Tuesday, Devin Setoguchi redeemed himself on Friday night with two goals, including the game winner in a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks.  His two tallies represented just his second and third goals in the past 26 games and his first of the night broke an eight game drought itself.

Winnipeg Jets forward Devin Setoguchi (40) receives congratulations on his game-winning goal in NHL action at MTS Centre, Jan. 31, 2014. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Winnipeg Jets forward Devin Setoguchi (40) receives congratulations on his game-winning goal in NHL action at MTS Centre, Jan. 31, 2014. SHAWN COATES PHOTO

The slump he had found himself in had taken its toll, according to the Jets No. 40.

“It’s tough,” said Setoguchi of his recent on-ice woes. “Mentally, it drains a lot of energy out of you. That is part of being pro, trying to get out of it and hopefully it is a start of something. But it is just one game and I know I got a lot of work to do as far as keeping it going.”

Setoguchi had become the punch line in many jokes recently surrounding the Jets, but Maurice seems to have reached even his most stubborn of confidence-starved players in the Jets’ third-liner.

“I had a couple good talks with coach over the last couple of days and he has kept me pretty motivated in moving forward here,” said Setoguchi.

Winnipeg Jets forward Devin Setoguchi (40). SHAWN COATES PHOTO

Winnipeg Jets forward Devin Setoguchi (40). SHAWN COATES PHOTO

The former San Jose Shark said his teammates played a solid game and battled the adversity of letting their early lead slip away.

“I thought it was a good game from everybody,” Setoguchi explained. “It wasn’t just something where we got the win from one or two guys. Everyone was going from the start and that makes a big difference.

“This time of year you have to find a way (to win). If we are going to try and crawl back up into this thing we are going to have to make big wins late in the season here.”

Meanwhile, Maurice welcomed the performance from Setoguchi against the Canucks.

“I am happy for him, it has been a tough stretch of games,” said Maurice. “Good for him.”

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