David Jones and Luke Walker scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period as the Colorado Avalanche handed the Blues a 3-1 loss at the Scottrade Center on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
Halak, who was acquired from Montreal and signed a four-year deal with St. Louis this summer, played the entire game and made 15 saves.
"The first game is always a tough one after a break," Halak said. "Not the kind of result that we wanted, but we did some really good things out there."
Kevin Shattenkirk had the other goal for Colorado, and T.J. Galiardi had two assists for the Avalanche. Peter Budaj started for the Avs and stopped nine of 10 shots to earn the win.
Patrik Berglund scored St. Louis' only goal.
Flyers 4, Devils 3 (SO)
Three months after watching the Chicago Blackhawks parade around with the Stanley Cup on their ice, the Philadelphia Flyers returned to the Wells Fargo Center and opened their preseason with a victory.
Mike Richards scored a shootout goal in the fourth round to lift Philadelphia to a shootout win against New Jersey, spoiling John MacLean's debut as an NHL coach.
Philadelphia's Claude Giroux and New Jersey's Jason Arnott each scored in the third round of the tiebreaker to force an added round.
Adam Mair, Dainius Zubrus and Jamie Langenbrunner scored in regulation for the Devils, erasing New Jersey's two-goal deficit.
Danny Briere tied it 3-3 at 13:54 when he beat Johan Hedberg to the glove side for an unassisted goal. Darroll Powe and Jeff Carter scored in the first period for the Flyers, who eliminated the Devils in the first round of last season's playoffs en route to the Stanley Cup Final.
"We were slow in the first half," Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said. "We reacted slowly. I thought the third period changed that, and the overtime."
Michael Leighton stopped 20 of 23 shots for the Flyers, and Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside all seven shots he faced in the third period and overtime.
Hedberg made 11 saves on 13 shots for New Jersey, but Mike McKenna allowed the tying goal in the third period.
"I thought the guys really had some good jump and I thought they did some good things," Devils coach John MacLean told the Bergen Record. "Everybody was ready to play. For the first preseason game, I thought it was pretty good."
Blue Jackets 5, Thrashers 2
Jonathan Sigalet and Mike Blunden scored 26 seconds apart in the first period as Columbus won its preseason opener under new coach Scott Arneil at Philips Arena.
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 Ramsay. Fredrik Pettersson also scored.
Former Isles defenseman Freddy Meyer led all Thrashers with 22:06 of ice time, 25 shifts and four blocked shots. He also assisted on Pettersson’s goal in the third period.
Atlanta went 1-for-7 on the power play. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 21 of 26 shots for the Thrashers.
"I think our breakouts weren't good enough," Ramsay said. "We've worked at it a bit, but we have to get back and we have to change sides. We looked a little bit tired. I thought Columbus really chased us hard. We just didn't quite have the foot speed to do it tonight."
Panthers 4, Hurricanes 1
Rookie defenseman Erik Gudbranson had a goal and an assist, while Joe Callahan and Evgeny Dadonov each had two assists as Florida cruised past Carolina at the RBC Center.
Gudbranson, Mike Santorelli and Scott Timmins scored against Carolina goalie Cam Ward on three straight shots in a span of 1:54 in the first period as the Panthers raced out to an early 3-0 lead.
"I was all hyped up on adrenaline," said Gudbranson, who was chosen third overall at the 2010 Entry Draft. "I thought I played pretty well. I was really excited and had a good game."
Nathan Paetsch also scored for the Panthers, who scored only 208 goals last season, the second-fewest in the Eastern Conference. Anton Babchuk scored a shorthanded goal for the Hurricanes.
"Team-wide, especially in the first period, we didn't skate very well," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "I didn't expect we would. If we come out flying here, then I haven't pushed these guys nearly hard enough in the first three days."
Ward made 17 saves in 32 minutes before giving way to Justin Pogge. Florida's Scott Clemmensen stopped 16 shots in 32 minutes and was relieved by Jacob Markstrom, who made the final 17 saves.
Lightning 4, Stars 2
Adam Hall scored twice and Scott Jackson and Dana Tyrell had two assists each as Tampa Bay skated past Dallas at the American Airlines Center.
Aaron Gagnon ended Dan Ellis' shutout bid 1:19 into the third period to make it 2-1, but Hall and Mattias Ohlund scored to help Tampa Bay pull away.
Ellis made 17 saves, while Dominic Moore also scored for the Lightning. Philip Larsen added a third-period goal for the Stars.
Andrew Raycroft stopped 16 shots in the first period and a half for the Stars before Brent Krahn took over.
Lightning defenseman Matt Smaby left in the first period with an upper body injury and didn't return.
Flames (ss) 3, Canucks (ss) 2
Jarome Iginla broke a 2-2 tie midway through the third period as Calgary edged Vancouver at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Robyn Regehr and Alex Tanguay each had two assists for the Flames, who failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.
"It's nice to win the game," Regehr said. "We should have won the game, they had a very young lineup and we had a lot more veterans. It was good to get out there. I'm really looking forward to the season and getting out there again. I'm feeling pretty good."
Ales Kotalik gave Calgary a 2-1 lead just 14 seconds into the third period, but the Canucks evened the score less than three minutes later on an unassisted tally.
Leland Irving stopped 7 of 8 shots and was credited with the victory. Miikka Kiprusoff started the game and made 17 saves.
"Even though it's preseason, it's nice to find ways to win in the third period. Our captain took care of that last goal for us," Tanguay said.
Flames (ss) 3, Canucks (ss) 1
Rene Bourque and Staffan Kronwall scored just over one minute apart early in the third period as Calgary completed a split-squad sweep of Vancouver at Rogers Arena.
Niklas Hagman opened the scoring late for Calgary in the second period. Raffi Torres, who made his Canucks' debut, scored Vancouver's only goal with nine minutes left.
Henrik Karlsson, who is battling for the Flames' No. 2 goaltending job behind Miikka Kiprusoff, stopped all 12 shots he faced over the first two periods. Matt Keetley made eight saves in the third.
Cory Schneider stopped 17 of 18 through two periods for Vancouver before minor leaguer David Shantz took over and was beaten on the first two shots he faced.
"I felt from some of our younger players a little nervousness at the beginning of the game," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told the Vancouver Sun. "Some guys played all right."
Canucks forward Rick Rypien left after the first period with an undisclosed injury and didn't return.
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.
*ss -- split squad
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.