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

26 shots.

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.