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Sullivan's hat trick helps Coyotes win first game of the season, 5-1 over Blue Jackets

  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno, right, skates away as the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal by Steve Sullivan during the second period in an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Associated Press

  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky (17) tries to control the puck to get a shot on goal as Phoenix Coyotes' Jason LaBarbera (1) moves in to make a save during the second period in an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Associated Press

  • Phoenix Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera (1) makes a save on a shot by Columbus Blue Jackets' Artem Anisimov (42), of Russia, as Coyotes' Derek Morris (53) defends during the second period in an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Associated Press

  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Artem Anisimov (42), of Russia, tries to control the puck in front of Phoenix Coyotes' Jason LaBarbera during the second period in an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Associated Press

  • Columbus Blue Jackets' Derek Dorsett, right, celebrates a goal against Phoenix Coyotes' Jason LaBarbera (1) by teammate Fedor Tyutin during the second period in an NHL hockey game on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)The Associated Press

Steve Sullivan scored three goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two goals and an assist, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 Wednesday night for their first win of the season.

Phoenix was more sound defensively than in its first two games and created some good scoring chances because of it, sending 42 shots at Columbus goalie Steve Mason in his first start of the season.

Jason LaBarbera was sharp in his first game, stopping 21 shots after starter Mike Smith left midway through the first period with a lower-body injury.

Sullivan had his eighth career hat trick, Ekman-Larsson his first three-point game and nine players had at least a point to help the Coyotes avoid their first 0-3 start since 1985-86, when the franchise was still in Winnipeg.

Fedor Tyutin scored for Columbus in its first regulation loss of the season.