WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets overcame a slow start to win their home opener.
Devin Setoguchi had two goals in the third period and linemate Evander Kane also scored and Winnipeg earned a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night.
The Jets got going in the second period, after being swarmed by the Kings in the first.
Kane was given credit for a goal early in the third period that was switched to Setoguchi after the game ended.
"That was a lucky one," said Setoguchi, describing the shot by Kane that glanced off his stick.
He teamed with Kane for his second goal as well.
"It was nice to get the other one on the wraparound, but the main thing is we won the game."
Kane even took a five-minute penalty for fighting in a physical game.
"You need to let them know you're not going to be run out of your own building," he said. "I thought we did a pretty good job of sticking up for each other."
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.
Matt Greene, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored for the Kings, who outshot the Jets 18-7 in the first, with goalie Ondrej Pavelec keeping Winnipeg in the game.
The Jets went into the game saying it would be a good test. The Kings are one of the strongest teams in the Western Conference, where the Jets are playing this season.
Despite the slow start, the Jets were leading 4-1 in the third when the Kings rallied.
They got within one with two quick power-play goals, before Little scored into an empty net.
"We have a way of making games exciting," Jets coach Claude Noel said. "It's not something we want to get in a habit of doing."
But he saw things he liked, besides the two points in the standings.
"We had some good games from a lot of people," he said. "We started off slow again and I thought the game changed a little bit in in the second period and the third period. I thought we were quite a bit better. I thought we did some simple things."
One of those was getting shots, which didn't happen in the first, and not turning over the puck in the neutral zone.
Coach Darryl Sutter said the Kings weren't tired after two games in two nights. They beat the Minnesota Wild in a shootout Thursday.
Added Kings' forward Dwight King: "We wanted to have a good start, I think we got out to a good start, obviously we got a lot of pucks on the net. It kind of fell off a bit and they took advantage. ... We tried to fight back at the end, but it wasn't enough."