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Jets 4, Canucks 3

The SportsXchange

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Right winter Devin Setoguchi's second goal of the game with just under three minutes left in the third period lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night.

Setoguchi fired his ninth and 10th goals of the year past Canucks goalie Eddie Lack, the second coming off a tremendous cross-ice pass from blue-liner Jacob Trouba at 17:04.

Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison scored his sixth goal of the year with just over eight minutes remaining in the third period to knot the score at 3.

Center Ryan Kesler scored his 19th goal of the season and added two assists for the Canucks. Blue-liner Alexander Edler scored his fourth goal of the season.

Defenseman Zach Bogosian and right winger Michael Frolik also scored for the Jets.

The Jets (26-25-5) pulled to within six points of the Canucks (27-20-9) for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Winnipeg plays its next four games away from home, starting with the Canadiens on Sunday afternoon in Montreal, before the Olympic break begins Feb. 9.

The game was the first of five on the road for the struggling Canucks, who have lost four of their last five games. The trip continues next week with stops in Detroit, Boston, Montreal and Toronto before the Olympic break.

Lack had a shaky start, flashing his mitt but getting just a piece of Bogosian's wobbly shot from the point that found the back of the net at 5:02. The goal was the blue-liner's third of the season.

Just over a minute later, Setoguchi scored -- just his first in eight games and second in the last 27, redirecting right winger Dustin Byfuglien's perfect pass to put the hosts up by two.

But Edler responded with a power-play goal at 10:27, knocking in a rebound on a play that began on a shot by Canucks left winger Daniel Sedin. The assist was Sedin's first point in five games and just his sixth in January. He has not scored since Dec. 30 against Philadelphia.

Twin brother Henrik Sedin, the Canucks' captain, missed his sixth straight game with a rib injury.

The Canucks wasted no time tying the score at 2. Kesler stole the puck in the slot and let a quick backhand go that Pavelec could not handle at 4:48.

But Frolik scored his 11th goal of the season, converting a pass from captain Andrew Ladd less than two minutes later.

Vancouver pulled even again as Garrison's rocket from the blue line at 11:50 of the third period beat Pavelec cleanly.

Ladd finished with two assists and Kesler had a three-point night for the Canucks.

NOTES: Jets fans have seen them all now. Vancouver was the last team to visit MTS Centre for a regular-season game since the NHL returned to Winnipeg in 2011. ... G Roberto Luongo did not dress Friday night but received a thunderous ovation from Winnipeg fans when the teams' Olympic participants were recognized. The Canucks will send eight players to Sochi and the Jets have Olympians. ... The game was the last one that Vancouver coach John Tortorella had to miss because of a 15-day suspension. Tortorella got in trouble with the NHL for entering the Calgary dressing room area on Jan. 18 after the first period of a game marred by a line brawl after the opening face-off. He's eligible to be behind the bench again on Monday in Detroit against the Red Wings. ... After starting the season a modest 6-15-4 against Western Conference opponents, Winnipeg has gone 7-2-0 in their own conference since Dec. 27.
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