By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
WINNIPEG — Devin Setoguchi scored twice, including the game winner, to propel the Winnipeg Jets past the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night at the MTS Centre.
How it happened: The Jets looked to be playing a catch-up game for the first five minutes of the contest. The next minute, however, would have made you think that the team was dominating. Zach Bogosian wired home a clapper from the point for his third of the season. The Jets added another tally to the score sheet just 65 seconds later as Devin Setoguchi scored just his second goal in his last 26 games. Mark Scheifele’s assist on Setoguchi’s goal vaulted him into the rookie assist lead. The Canucks would pull one back on an Alex Edler power play goal at the 10:27 mark.
The Jets inability to clear their own zone led to an early goal from Ryan Kesler to tie the game at two apiece. The game would remain level for a minute and a half as Michael Frolik would net his 11th of the season on a nice feed from Andrew Ladd. The Jets had their chances as the period went on, with the most notable being a point blank one-timer from Scheifele, who was absolutely robbed of his 12th of the campaign by Eddie Lack.
Not a lot of notables in the third. At least not until a Jason Garrison one timer found its way quickly behind Ondrej Pavelec to tie up affairs at 3-3. Leave it to Seto. Devin Setoguchi, if that is really him in that No. 40 jersey, notched his second of the night with 2:56 remaining in the third. Good enough for the game winner.
Shots: 34-26 Jets
What it means: The Jets last game at the MTS Centre until February 27th resulted in a win for the team. They will take a 7-2 record under Paul Maurice on the road with them for four games before the Olympic break next week.
Jets player of the game: Devin Setoguchi. Since getting a stern talking to after two bad periods against Nashville this past Tuesday, Setoguchi has been playing like a man-possessed. His two goals were just his first in the past eight games and he was seen hitting everything that moved.
Jets stat of the game: Setoguchi’s second and third goals in 26 games, and first in eight, stands out among the rest.
What is next for the Jets: Four games in eight nights on the road starting on Sunday. The Jets will not return to the MTS Centre until February 27th when they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to town.