October 22, 2019 / 3:48 AM / a month ago

Stars slip past Senators for first home win

EditorsNote: fixes story type from “preview” to “recap”

Oct 21, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars right wing Corey Perry (10) prepares to make his first start in Dallas as left wing Jamie Benn (14) looks on before the game against the Ottawa Senators at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Pavelski scored a rare Dallas power-play goal, and backup goaltender Anton Khudobin was solid as the Stars earned their first home win of the season, 2-1 over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Radek Faksa also scored for the Stars, who outshot Ottawa 43-20 to improve to 3-7-1 and win back-to-back games for the first the first time this season. They were 0-2-1 at home before finally breaking though one night after several players, including stars Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop, sustained damage to their homes from a tornado that swept through the north Dallas area.

With Bishop not in the lineup, Khudobin, who had yielded 10 goals while losing his first three starts of 2019-20, was needed to make only 19 saves. He improved to 8-0-1 in his career against Ottawa.

The Senators, who have just one win and three points through their first eight games, managed only Vladislav Namestnikov’s fourth goal of the season with 1:13 left in the contest. Ottawa, mired in an 0-3-1 rut, failed to score on two power-play chances, dropping to 1-for-25 with the man advantage on the season.

Dallas has also struggled in that department, entering 2-for-27 on the power play, but managed one goal with the man advantage for the second straight contest. The Stars had five power plays on the night.

Pavelski netted his second goal of the season, working to push the puck past Ottawa netminder Anders Nilsson (41 saves) in traffic just as a Dallas five-on-three advantage ended at 10:44 of the second period.

The Stars opened the scoring when they were rewarded for some relentless early pressure with 1:02 left in the first period. Faksa deflected Taylor Fadun’s shot from the right point past Nilsson.

Namestnikov’s late goal with the extra skater on the ice made things interesting. However, the Senators could not keep from falling to 0-3-1 on the road during the young season.

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