WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – Devin Setoguchi was hiding his face Friday after his two goals helped the Winnipeg Jets pickup a 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks.
He was wearing a player of the game pilot’s helmet, complete with darkened visor, that the team has come up with as a new locker room tradition.
“This time of year you’ve got to find a way,” Setoguchi said of his timely goals, including the winning tally late in the third period. He ended his seven-game goal-scoring drought.
“They’re ahead of us in the standings and the other night Nashville was and we let one slip away there. And if we’re going to try and crawl back up in this thing we’re going to have to make big wins late in the season here.”
Zach Bogosian and Michael Frolik also scored for the Jets. Captain Andrew Ladd picked up two assists.
Alexander Edler, Ryan Kesler and Jason Garrison scored for the Canucks. Daniel Sedin picked up an assist, but his goal drought has stretched to 15 games.
The win means Winnipeg has won seven of the nine games it has played since Paul Maurice took over as head coach.
“I’m really happy for him, it’s been a tough stretch of games,” Maurice said of Setoguchi’s performance.
Not much changed in the standings however. With Nashville’s 3-2 overtime win over New Jersey on Friday, the Jets remain a point behind tied in the Central Division cellar.
And, despite the loss, Vancouver is in eighth place and clings to the final wild-card playoff spot in the Western Conference with 63 points.
Phoenix is at 60 points, but things are tightening up with Winnipeg and Dallas both at 57 points and Nashville at 58.
Rangers 4, Islanders 1
In New York, Derick Brassard scored the go-ahead goal with 7:46 left in the third period and the Rangers beat the Islanders for the second straight game.
Brad Richards provided insurance with 5:01 remaining and Ryan McDonagh added an empty-net goal with 1 second left. Marc Staal had two assists and Henrik Lundqvist made 38 saves for the Rangers, who have won three straight and six of eight.
Evgeni Nabokov made 33 saves for the Islanders, who dropped their fifth straight (0-4-1) after winning seven of nine.
Red Wings 4, Capitals 3 (SO)
In Detroit, Alex Ovechkin tied the game with 7 seconds left in the third period, but Patrick Eaves scored in the seventh round of a shootout to lift the hosts over Washington.
Gustav Nyquist put the Red Wings ahead midway through the third period, but they couldn’t prevent the NHL’s goal-scoring leader from sending the game to overtime. Ovechkin has 39 goals this season, his highest total since scoring 50 times during the 2009-10 season.
Hurricanes 3, Blues 1
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Jeff Skinner scored the go-ahead goal in the second period against St. Louis.
Predators 3, Devils 2 (OT)
In Nashville, Shea Weber scored his second goal of the game at 1:29 of overtime as the Predators prevailed over New Jersey.