(Vancouver) The Vancouver Canucks beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Wednesday, extending the Senators’ losing streak to six.
JT Miller found the back of the net twice in addition to adding an assist for the Canucks (4-5-0), Tyler Motte scored twice and Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist.
The Senators’ only goal came from Josh Norris on a power play in the first period.
Despite what the final score suggests, the Senators (1-5-1) still tested Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko on numerous occasions, especially in the first period.
Demko made 42 saves for his team to secure a second consecutive victory. Marcus Hogberg blocked 30 of 35 shots aimed at him in the loss.
The Senators haven’t won a game since beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 in their first game of the season on Jan.15.
The Canucks secured the win at 11:46 of the third period when Jay Beagle recovered a loose puck after a face-off. He directed the disc to the net, where it deflected onto Motte.
It was Motte’s fifth goal of the season. In 34 games last year, he scored four.
The support of support players has been essential for the Canucks since the start of the season, as their all-star Pettersson struggled to register.
Pettersson certainly caused confusion among Rogers Arena workers when one of his shots was stopped by Hogberg during a power play in the second period. The smoke cannons were activated, like after every Canucks goal, but the puck had never crossed the red line.
About 30 seconds later, Pettersson scored on a similar play to dig his team’s 4-1 lead.
JT Miller scored his first two goals of the season early in the second period.
The Senators dominated the first period, as they challenged Demko 24 times. The goalkeeper made one of his best saves in the middle of the first period, however, when he stopped Brady Tkachuk from scoring in a breakaway.
The Senators won’t have to wait long for revenge, as the two teams meet again Thursday night. This will be the third and last match of this sequence of clashes between these two formations.