Winnipeg Jets 4 Vancouver Canucks 3 (Jets 26-25-5, home 14-11-4) – Winnipeg Jets made it seven wins in their last nine games with the win and for now move to within six points of the Canucks, who hold down the final playoff spot.
The Jets jumped into a quick 2-0 lead in the first on goals by Zach Bogosian (3rd) and Devin Setoguchi (9th) 1:05 apart. Toby Enstrom and Andrew Ladd drew assists on the Bogosian goal, a point shot that seemed to dip and get by former Moose goaltender Eddie Lack.
It was only the third time in the last nine games the Jets scored first. A great pass by Dustin Byfuglien led to the Setoguchi goal, with Mark Scheifele also assisting. Scheifele now has 12 points in his last 12 games.
The Canucks got a power play goal from Alex Edler to make it a 2-1 score after the first, the Jets outshooting Vancouver 15-7.
The Canucks tied the game at 4:48 of the second with an unassisted goal, but less than two minutes later the Jets had the lead back on Michael Frolik's 11th of the year. Ladd with his second assist of the game and Bryan Little were also in on the goal. Shots on goal in the second were 13-10 Jets. Lack was the star of the second with at least four outstanding saves, two off Scheifele on great feeds from Blake Wheeler.
The Canucks played with desperation in the third and dominated the early going, but it was now Ondrej Pavelec coming up with some big saves to keep the Jets in front.
At 11:50 Jason Garrison with a bomb from the point scored his 6th of the season to tie the game, setting the stage for Setoguchi to get the winner. He fired a low shot to the far corner from the right side for his second of the game and 10th of the year. It was a great set up by Jacob Trouba who picked up his eighth point in the last eight games.
Setoguchi becomes the ninth Jet to hit double digits in goals, tying the Jets for the NHL lead in that category.
It was Pavelec's 10th start in the last 11 games and he upped his record to 6-2 in the last eight. Final shots were 34-26.
In the game against Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Setoguchi took a costly penalty, in this game he scored the winner.
"Really happy for him, it's been a tough stretch of games and I always want to have those players have an opportunity to respond for their teammates." said Coach Paul Maurice.
The Jets passing was very sharp in the first half of the game.
"For 30 minutes we had better looks than in any other game we've played. Had great chances."
On the Canucks chances.
"What we're trying to do will come back and bite us sometimes but we're going to stick with it. There's going to be parts of the game they are going to control, we just have to manage it. Our compete level is high, our resiliency is really good."
For the third straight game Bogosian led the Jets in ice time, Frolik led in shots on goal with five. Trouba was a plus two and leads the team at plus 10. Jets again were over 30 hits with Byfuglien leading the way with six.
It was the Jets final home game before the Olympic break, as they prepare for a four game road trip starting in Montreal Sunday afternoon (TSN 1290).