Originally written January 24, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
PHOENIX -- Veteran newcomer Steve Sullivan scored a hat trick in his third game with Phoenix and goaltender Jason LaBarbera gave up only one goal in relief of injured Mike Smith to help the Coyotes to their first victory of the season, 5-1, over Columbus at Jobing.com Arena on Wednesday. Sullivan tipped in a shot from Derek Morris 10:01 into the third period to give the Coyotes a 4-1 lead, their fourth straight goal. It completed Sullivan's eighth career hat trick. Sullivan scored on a 5-on-3 power play for a 3-1 lead four minutes into the third period after tying the game at 1 with 12 minutes remaining in the second period. Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson added his first two goals of the season for the Coyotes and had a career-high three points. Sullivan, signed in July to fill the void left when Ray Whitney signed a two-year, $9 million deal with Dallas over the summer, has 48 points in 48 games against Columbus (1-1-1), which was attempting to open the season with thre...
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