November 24, 2014 12:25 am
Updated: November 24, 2014 12:27 am

Jannik Hansen has first career hat trick as Canucks beat Blackhawks

Vancouver Canucks' Jannik Hansen, of Denmark, celebrates after scoring his third goal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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VANCOUVER – Jannik Hansen scored the first hat trick of his career Sunday as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackawks 4-1.

Radim Vrbata had the other goal for the Canucks and Ryan Miller made 24 saves to get the win as Vancouver (14-6-1) celebrated assistant captain Daniel Sedin’s 1,000th NHL game with a hard-fought win.

Bo Horvat had his first three NHL assists, while Derek Dorsett added two of his own.

Kris Versteeg replied for Chicago (12-8-1), while Corey Crawford finished with 26 stops in taking the loss.

After giving Vancouver a 1-0 lead in the first period, Hansen snapped a 1-1 tie with his fourth goal in the last three games at 6:24 of the third. Dorsett chipped the puck down the boards into the Chicago zone before directing a shot towards goal that Hansen deflected into the top corner for his eighth of the season.

Prior to Hansen’s second, Nick Bonino had a great chance to give the Canucks the lead about five minutes into the third, but his shot from the side of a wide open net hit the far post and stayed out.

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