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Ottawa 3, Dallas 2
When: 5:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 17, 2021
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Ghislain Hebert
Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Travis Toomey
Attendance: 8067

Chris Tierney's pair of power-play goals in the second period were the difference as the host Ottawa Senators claimed a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Nick Paul also scored for the Senators, who received a strong 32-save performance from goaltender Filip Gustavsson. Before closing the door in the final minutes, Gustavsson was perfect during the middle frame, stopping all 17 shots the Stars fired on net.

Connor Brown collected three assists, which gives him 100 in his career.

Ottawa has won two of three games to start the season, and without last season's top point scorer, Brady Tkachuk, who has not played after missing all of training camp before signing a new contract hours before the team's first game.

Tkachuk is expected to play the next game, on Thursday against the visiting San Jose Sharks.

Michael Raffl and Joe Pavelski scored for Dallas, which has dropped two straight games. Goaltender Anton Khudobin made 24 saves.

Raffl opened the scoring at the 4:34 mark when he converted a pass from Alexander Radulov while parked in the crease.

The Senators stormed back, however, beginning with Paul's goal 50 seconds later. He gathered the puck from his feet and sent a short-side backhand home to tie the score.

Tierney netted the go-ahead goal just before the game's midway point when he nudged Shane Pinto's wayward shot attempt into the net. Then, with 60 seconds left in the period, Tierney crashed the net and chipped the puck over Khudobin from the doorstep for his third goal of the season.

Pavelski breathed life into the Dallas hopes when he pulled the Stars within a goal with 5:43 left in regulation by jamming home a loose puck for his first goal of the season.

The Stars, however, could not find the equalizer.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Dallas   Ottawa
Michael Raffl 2 Points Connor Brown 3
Michael Raffl 1 Goals Chris Tierney 2
Radek Faksa 2 Assists Connor Brown 3
N/A Power Play Goals Chris Tierney 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Anton Khudobin .889 Save Percentage Filip Gustavsson .941
Anton Khudobin 24 Saves Filip Gustavsson 32
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Dallas 34 2 0-2 1-3 11 32
Ottawa 27 3 2-3 2-2 9 25
Upcoming Games
  • Ottawa will play their next game at home against San Jose. The Senators have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Dallas will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Stars have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .500 after a loss.