COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Maksim Mayorov had a goal and assist for Columbus, and Evander Kane scored Winnipeg's first goal and the Blue Jackets beat the Jets 5-1 in a split-squad preseason opener for both clubs Tuesday night.
Kane flicked home a backhand at 6:21 of the second period for Winnipeg's first goal since 1996, the year the NHL left town for Phoenix and returned 15 years later from Atlanta.
"It's the first goal, even though it's preseason," Kane said. "It's nice to get on the board."
"The first thing I noticed is how good (the uniforms) looked, to be honest, in warmups," defenseman Ron Hainsey said. "I thought we at least looked good."
Kane made it 3-1 off the rush on a feed from Blake Wheeler.
The Jets' John Albert nearly had the game's first goal, but it was waived off due to a goalie interference call on Carl Klingberg.