Brad Larsen Gets First Career Win with Dismantling of Coyotes

By Jacob Nitzberg on October 14, 2021 at 10:29 pm
Brad Larsen speaks to the media after the Blue Jackets' 8-2 win on Opening Night.
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Well, that was a pretty good start to the Brad Larsen era.

With his Blue Jackets' 8-2 blowout of the Coyotes in the season opener Thursday night, Larsen not only notched his first career win as an NHL head coach, but he also became just the second coach in franchise history to get a win in his first game behind the bench.

Larsen cautioned against heaping too much praise on him, though.

“You gotta be careful because I don't think we played that well,” he said following the game. “I really don't. We found ways to score, and that's awesome. We have such a better game in us, but I'm not here to criticize the guys.”

Although happy for the win, Larsen didn't see the lopsided final score coming.

“I'm surprised at the outcome,” Larsen said. “That we filled the net like that and got some fortunate bounces, but hey, someone said you never criticize a win.”

Larsen went 92–45–15 with the AHL's Springfield Falcons from 2012-14. His Blue Jackets are back in action at Nationwide Arena Saturday to take on the Seattle Kraken in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.

Debut Games for Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coaches
Coach Date Opponent Result First Win
BRAD LARSEN Oct. 14, 2021 Arizona  Arizona Coyotes W, 8-2 Game 1
JOHN TORTORELLA Oct. 22, 2015 Minnesota  Minnesota Wild L, 3-2 Game 2
TODD RICHARDS Jan. 10, 2012 Chicago  Chicago Blackhawks L, 5-2 Game 2
SCOTT ARNIEL Oct. 8, 2010 San Jose  San Jose Sharks L, 3-2 Game 2
KEN HITCHCOCK Nov. 24, 2006 Philadelphia  Philadelphia Flyers L, 3-2 Game 2
GERARD GALLANT Jan. 2, 2004 Tampa Bay  Tampa Bay Lightning W, 2-0 Game 1
DOUG MacLEAN Oct. 9, 2003 Atlanta  Atlanta Thrashers L, 2-1 Game 2
DAVE KING Oct. 7, 2000 Chicago  Chicago Blackhawks L, 5-3 Game 3
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