ATLANTA (AP) - 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 goal.
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 third.
Pettersson made it 4-2 before Sestito scored during a power play with just under 5 minutes left.
|Jonathan Sigalet (1) Slapshot - ASST: Tom Sestito (1), Kyle Wilson (1)|
1 - 0 CBJ
|Mike Blunden (1) Tip-in - ASST: Tom Sestito (2), Kyle Wilson (2)|
2 - 0 CBJ
|PPG - Bryan Little (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jaime Sifers (1), Fredrik Pettersson (1)|
2 - 1 CBJ
|Oliver Gabriel (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE|
3 - 1 CBJ
|Matt Calvert (1) Tip-in - ASST: Nate Guenin (1)|
4 - 1 CBJ
|Fredrik Pettersson (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan Little (1)|
4 - 2 CBJ
|PPG - Tom Sestito (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Blunden (1), Nate Guenin (2)|
5 - 2 CBJ
|Nate Guenin Holding - 2 min against Alexander Burmistrov|
|Mike Commodore Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Danick Paquette|
|Danick Paquette Fighting (maj) - 5 min against Mike Commodore|
|Matt Calvert Boarding - 2 min against Jaime Sifers|
|Alexander Burmistrov Hooking - 2 min against Dalton Smith|
|Ron Hainsey Interference - 2 min against Derek Dorsett|
|Derek MacKenzie Holding the stick - 2 min against Bryan Little|
|Fredrik Pettersson Cross checking - 2 min against Matt Calvert|
|Nick Holden Broken stick - 2 min|
|Marc Methot Hooking - 2 min against Akim Aliu|
|Mike Commodore Holding - 2 min against Bryan Little|
|Spencer Machacek Tripping - 2 min against Brent Regner|
|Mike Commodore Holding - 2 min against Evander Kane|