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Jack Hughes scores to help Devils continue dominance of brother Quinn's Canucks

New Jersey got the better of Vancouver on Monday night, with seven players posting multi-point nights, and Jack Hughes winning against his brother, Quinn

New Jersey extends 12-game unbeaten streak against Vancouver with latest win

New Jersey's Jack Hughes celebrates with teammates following his first-period goal during the Devils' 7-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist to win a showdown with his older brother, and the New Jersey Devils routed the Vancouver Canucks 7-2 on Monday night.

Nico Daws made 36 saves and the Devils scored three times in each of the first two periods, chasing goaltender Jaroslav Halak with six goals on 14 shots.

Yegor Sharangovich, Dawson Mercer, Jesper Boqvist, Ryan Graves, Jesper Bratt and Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Devils, who put up seven goals for the third time in seven games. Nico Hischier had two assists.

"The team is doing well offensively,'' Boqvist said. "We're winning a lot of battles, strong on pucks, and we've scored a lot of goals lately. So it's a lot of fun, for sure."

Quinn Hughes, a defenceman for the Canucks, was held off the scoresheet. Vasily Podkolzin and Tanner Pearson scored for Vancouver.

WATCH | Jack Hughes slides the puck home to start Devils' goalfest:

Jack bests brother Quinn Hughes as Devils crush Canucks

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As their mother watched from the stands, Jack Hughes scored in a dominant win over Quinn's Canucks.

The Devils have a 12-game winning streak against Vancouver dating to the 2014-15 season. The last time they lost to the Canucks was Nov. 25, 2014.

"We've found a little momentum with the lines we've been using and guys can feed off each other,'' New Jersey coach Lindy Ruff said. "Their goalie had a little bit of a tough night. We got a little fortunate on some of the early goals, but it's nice to have the table turned our way."

The 21-year-old Daws, a third-round draft pick by the Devils in 2020, improved to 3-1-0 this season and won his second straight. He also beat the Penguins 6-1 last Thursday.

The Canucks, who beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden, lost for the third time in nine games.

"I don't get the whole back-to-back thing, why it's tiring,'' coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That excuse goes out the window."

The Devils opened the scoring at 9:15 of the first when Jack Hughes fired a wrist shot past Halak for his 16th goal this season. The 20-year-old Hughes, the first overall pick in the 2019 draft, has a seven-game point streak and it was his fourth straight multi-point game.

Sharangovich made it 2-0 at 15:24 with his 13th of the season, with assists to Jack Hughes and Mercer. Sharangovich extended his point streak to seven games, during which he has five goals and six assists.

Mercer made it 3-0 on the power play with his 13th at 17:44.

The Canucks outshot the Devils 13-9 in the first period but left the ice down three.

"With how fast they play, we didn't match it at all. It's unacceptable,″ Canucks forward Conor Garland said. "We have to play the right way to win. When you're chasing games, it's not a recipe for success in the NHL."

Podkolzin broke through for Vancouver at 1:36 of the second when he deflected a shot from Travis Hamonic past Daws for his ninth goal.

But then Boqvist answered at 3:08 to restore the three-goal lead for the Devils. The goal was his fifth of the season.

Graves made is 5-1 at 5:07 before Bratt scored again for New Jersey at 6:19. Bratt's team-best 19th goal ended Halak's night as Thatcher Demko replaced the 36-year-old netminder, who headed straight to the dressing room.

Demko made 18 saves in relief.

Pearson narrowed the deficit to 6-2 with his 11th goal at 8:14. Pearson has nine points, including five goals, in his last 12 games.

Canucks leading scorer J.T. Miller assisted on Pearson's goal. Miller has a six-game point streak and has five goals and 11 assists in his last nine games.

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