Blue Jackets 5, Thrashers 2
Jonathan Sigalet and Mike Blunden scored 26 seconds apart in the
first period and the Columbus Blue Jackets won their preseason
opener under new coach Scott Arneil, 5-2 over the Atlanta Thrashers
on Tuesday night.
Tom Sestito had a goal and two assists for the Blue Jackets, who
also got goals from Oliver Gabreil and Matt Calvert. Kyle Wilson
and Nate Guenin each had two assists.
Bryan Little had a goal and an assist for the Thrashers, who
were playing their first game under coach Craig Ramsey. Fredrik
Pettersson had the other Atlanta goal.
Mathieu Garon started in goal for Columbus and made 12 saves on
13 shots before giving way to David LeNeveu late in the second
period. Ondrej Pavelec went all the way for the Thrashers, facing
Columbus led 2-0 before six minutes elapsed. Sigalet put a slap
shot past Pavelec before Wilson fed Blunden in front for an easy
Little scored a power-play goal with 5 minutes left in the first
period, but the Blue Jackets regained their two-goal edge 90
seconds into the second. Gabreil scored on a breakaway, and
Columbus increased its lead on a tip-in by Calvert early in the
Pettersson made it 4-2 before Sestito scored during a power play
with just under 5 minutes left.