Demko makes 42 saves for Canucks in victory against Senators

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VANCOUVER — J.T. Miller and Tyler Motte each scored two goals, and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-1 at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.

Thatcher Demko made 23 of his 42 saves in the first period to help Vancouver (4-5-0) win consecutive games for the first time this season.

Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist and Quinn Hughes and Jay Beagle each had two assists for the Canucks, who can sweep a three-game set against the Senators on Thursday.

Josh Norris scored, and Marcus Hogberg made 30 saves in his second start of the season for the Senators (1-5-1). Ottawa has gone six straight without a victory (0-5-1).

Demko, who made 35 saves in a 7-1 win on Monday, became the first Canucks goalie to start consecutive games after splitting the first eight games with Braden Holtby. He was at his best with the Senators outshooting the Canucks 23-7 in the first period.

Motte made it 1-0 at 2:06 of the first period on a rebound, but Norris tied it 1-1 on a power-play scramble at 8:16. 

Vancouver outshot Ottawa 20-7 in the second period and went ahead 2-1 at 1:16 after a neutral zone turnover and line change led to a breakaway for Pettersson. He made a drop pass to Hughes in the high slot, and he sent it across to Miller for a backdoor one-timer for his first goal of the season.

Miller, who also had an assist, made it 3-1 at 7:29 on a rebound, and Pettersson scored on a wrist shot on a power play at 17:16 for a 4-1 lead.

Motte scored his fifth goal of the season on a deflection at 11:46 of the third period for the 5-1 final.

Ottawa defenseman Christian Wolanin left at 8:30 of the second period with a lower-body injury.

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