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Brandon Sutter records hat trick, Canucks rout Senators 7-1

Brandon Sutter recorded a hat trick and the Vancouver Canucks routed the Ottawa Senators 7-1 on Monday night.

It was a much-needed victory for Vancouver, which had not won in regulation since its season opener on Jan. 13.

Tanner Pearson had a goal and an assist, and Tyler Motte, Quinn Hughes and Olli Juolevi also scored for the Canucks. Bo Horvat notched two assists.

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers (57) looks on as Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) fails to get a shot past Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Jonathan HaywardThe Canadian Press via AP)

Ottawa’s only goal came midway through the second period when Austin Watson scored off assists from Thomas Chabot and Mike Reilly.

Thatcher Demko had 34 saves and collected his first win of the season for the Canucks.

Senators goalie Matt Murray stopped 28 of 35 shots.

Vancouver Canucks center Jay Beagle (83) clears Ottawa Senators center Derek Stepan (15) from in front of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Jonathan HaywardThe Canadian Press via AP)

NOTES: Tim Stutzle returned to the Ottawa lineup after missing three games with a wrist injury. … Vancouver has allowed more goals (34) than any other team in the league this season.

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The Senators and Canucks finish their three-game set with consecutive games on Wednesday and Thursday.

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Olli Juolevi (48) clears Ottawa Senators center Josh Norris (9) from in front of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Jonathan HaywardThe Canadian Press via AP)

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Vancouver Canucks left wing Tanner Pearson (70) looks on as Ottawa Senators defenseman Christian Wolanin (24) cross-checks Vancouver Canucks left wing Nils Hoglander (36) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan HaywardThe Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) watches as Ottawa Senators center Artem Anisimov (51) tries to get away from Canucks center Bo Horvat (53) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Jonathan HaywardThe Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes (43) fights for control of the puck with Ottawa Senators center Josh Norris (9) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Jonathan HaywardThe Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks center Jay Beagle (83) fights for control of the puck with Ottawa Senators center Derek Stepan (15) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Jonathan HaywardThe Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes (43) fights for control of the puck with Ottawa Senators left wing Nick Paul (13) during first-period NHL hockey game action in Vancouver, British Columbia, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Jonathan HaywardThe Canadian Press via AP)

Vancouver Canucks left wing Tanner Pearson (70) looks on as Ottawa Senators defenseman Christian Wolanin (24) cross-checks Vancouver Canucks left wing Nils Hoglander (36) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan HaywardThe Canadian Press via AP)