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.