Jackets Still Winless After Dropping Tortorella's First Game
John Tortorella's first game as head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets went about as well as the team's first seven contests.
The Blue Jackets are 0-8-0 after Thomas Vanek snapped a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal midway through the second period of Minnesota's 3-2 triumph over Columbus. The Jackets carried a 2-1 lead into the second period before Jared Spurgeon assisted on goals by Nino Niederreiter and Vanek 5:31 apart.
The Blue Jackets' start is the worst in the NHL since World War II. The 1943-44 Rangers opened 0-11-0 en route to a six-win season.
Tortorella was behind the Columbus bench one night after being named head coach.