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After a 14-game slate in the NHL on Saturday, it certainly quietened down on Sunday as the lone game was in Ottawa where the Senators returned after playing in Toronto the night before, while the Stars were waiting for them after getting Saturday night off.
Both teams used their backup goaltenders for the first time as starters this season as Ottawa started Filip Gustavsson after Anton Forsberg got both starts against Toronto this week while the Stars went with Anton Khudobin as the starter after giving Braden Holtby the first two starts. Khudobin saw a little action in the opener as he replaced Holtby who was suffering from dehydration and Khudobin actually picked up the overtime win.
OTTAWA 3 DALLAS 2
Chris Tierney had a couple of power play goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win Sunday evening over the visiting Dallas Stars.
It was a big night for Tierney who is noted more for his assist totals rather than his goal scoring ability. He had three power play goals in the 2017-18 season with San Jose and has never had more than one on the power play in any other season.
It was the Stars who got off to a quick start as Alexander Radulov with a nifty pass from behind the net, found Michael Raffl in front and his shot beat Gustavsson easily to give the Stars the early 1-0 lead. It was the Stars first shot of the game.
The Senators evened the score at 1 when Nick Paul’s backhand shot found the top corner of the net as Khudobin had no chance on the backhander.
The first period ended even as the Senators outshot the Stars 10-4.
Tierney scored as Shane Pinto’s shot deflected off Tierney’s body and into the empty cage.
Tierney made it 3-1 with one minute left in the period with Andrej Sekera in the penalty box as he chipped a pass from Connor Brown over Khudobin and the puck snuck over the red line and into the net.
The Stars were pretty dominant when not killing penalties in the second period as they outshot Ottawa 17-12.
The Stars continued their dominance in the third as they outshot Ottawa 13-5 and scored the only goal of the period when Radek Faksa did a wrap-around around the net. The puck went to Joe Pavelski at the side of the net and he deposited it into the cage.
Gustavsson made 32 saves in picking up the win as the Senators go to 2-1 on the season.
Khudobin took the loss, making 24 saves as he is 1-1 this season with a 2.49 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
It was a big night for Connor Brown who assisted on all three Ottawa goals for his first three points of the season.
Paul had six shots on goal.
Joel Kiviranta had eight hits.
The Senators next play on Thursday and are expected to have Brady Tkachuk back in their lineup after he sat out the first three games getting back in hockey shape after finally ending his holdout by signing a seven-year contract on opening night.
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Chris Tierney – 2
Nick Paul – 1
Michael Raffl – 1
Joe Pavelski - 1
Connor Brown - 3
Radek Faksa – 2
Shane Pinto – 1
Zach Sanford – 1
Artem Zub – 1
Michael Raffl – 1
Shots on Goal
Nick Paul – 6
Miro Heiskanen – 5
Esa Lindell – 4
Joe Pavelski - 4
Joel Kiviranta – 8
Michael Raffl – 5
Josh Brown – 5
Jamie Benn – 5
Michael Raffl – 4