MALMO, Sweden – Antoine Vermette scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Malmo Redhawks 4-1 in an NHL exhibition game Tuesday.
Jakub Voracek and Mike Commodore also scored for the Blue Jackets, who were 4-4-0 in the pre-season and open the regular season against San Jose in Stockholm on Friday.
“It was fun. We haven’t played in almost a week and the regular-season opener isn’t until Friday, so it was good to get a game here,” Vermette told NHL.com. “It was different, with the big ice and everything. But I actually like it when there’s more room.”
Vermette opened the scoring 13:12 into the first period off an assist from Derick Brassard. Vermette made it 2-0 in the first minute of the second period—the first of three Columbus goals in the period. Voracek then made it 3-0 and Commodore put the Blue Jackets ahead by four.
Robin Alvarez scored in the third period for Malmo, a Swedish second-tier team.
“We started well but backed up a little in the second period,” Malmo goalie Jonathan Bjuro said. “Then we had a little bit of bad luck, but I think we were fine out there.”
San Jose beat German team Adler Mannheim 3-2 on Saturday in its final exhibition.