When Steve Sullivan joined the Phoenix Coyotes, he knew it was a team where players had specific roles and that his would be to create scoring chances.
Three goals in his third game is a good start.
Sullivan had his eighth career hat trick, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two goals and an assist and the Coyotes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 5-1, Wednesday night for their first win of the season.
''You're brought in for a certain reason, and you don't want to disappoint,'' Sullivan said after posing for pictures with the three pucks from his hat trick. ''It's no different for myself, so I try to go out and do the best I can. If the goals come, that's great.''
Lackluster defensively in its first two games, Phoenix was much more sound in its own end and created some good scoring chances because of it, sending 42 shots at Columbus goalie Steve Mason in his first start of the season.
Sullivan found the back of the net with three of them for his first hat trick since Dec. 14, 2009, agains...