WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Devin Setoguchi
scored two goals in the third period to lead Winnipeg to a 5-3 win over
the Los Angeles Kings in the Jets’ home opener on Friday night.
Matt Greene, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored for the Kings.
Ondrej Pavelec finished with 33 saves for Winnipeg.
Evander Kane had a goal and two assists. Olli Jokinen and Bryan Little also scored for the Jets.
Blake Wheeler had a goal called back in the second because the net was off its moorings.
Failing to control the puck in their own
zone cost both the Jets and Kings in the first period, although the
Kings put on most of the pressure, outshooting the Jets 18-7.
Greene opened the scoring at 14:17 of
the first. He fired a shot in off Dustin Byfuglien after intercepting
Byfuglien’s failed attempt to clear the puck from in front of the net.
But then Kane tied it up by dumping it
in from the other side of the blue line, catching it on the rebound off
Greene and sending it high past Jonathan Quick’s glove at 15:45 of the
Kane’s linemates of Mark Scheifele and
Setoguchi picked up assists. The line accounted for most of the pressure
and scoring chances the Jets created in the first period.
It was the Jets who came on strong in the second.
Wheeler scored what could have been the
go-ahead goal on a power play, except that the L.A. net was off its
moorings. It took a call to Toronto by the officials, but the goal was
Instead, it was Jokinen who put the
Jets ahead at 12:54 of the second when he lifted Michael Frolik’s
rebound high to the right side of the net as Quick went low to the left.
Jets coach Claude Noel juggled his
third line Friday night, putting Jokinen between Eric Tangradi and
Frolik, who scored a pair in the Jets opener in Edmonton.
Then Setoguchi scored twice in the
third period. His first of the game was on the power play at 2:22 of the
third. He then made it 4-1 when Quick managed to stop Kane’s rush and
Setoguchi swept behind the net and stuffed it in the other side at 5:19.
Kings coach Darryl Sutter put Ben Scrivens in net. Quick stopped 23 of 27 shots.
Carter scored the Kings’ second goal of
the night at 11:00 of the third, a few seconds into a power play from a
tripping penalty called against Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba.
Williams brought the Kings within one
on the power play at 15:44 when he caught the left corner of the Jets’
net from the faceoff circle, but Little sealed the win with a breakaway
into an empty net in the final minute.
Notes: This was only the second time
the Jets have played the Kings. Their first meeting, in 2011 and also at
MTS Centre, was settled in overtime when Evander Kane made it 1-0. Now
that the Jets are in the Western Conference, they will meet L.A. three