Stars top Senators, snap road losing streak

The Dallas Stars snapped a four-game road losing streak with a 2-1 victory in Ottawa Wednesday night. Brenden Morrow’s goal 1:13 into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie and the Stars made that lead hold up the rest of the way. Trevor Daley scored the other goal for the Stars. Andrew Raycroft stopped 18 of 19 shots to improve to 2-1-0 on the season. The Stars, who are now 11-8-1 on the season, are 3-1-1 in their last five games overall. The Stars host St. Louis on Friday.

First period

The Stars came out with a strong push early in the game and had at least three good scoring chances within the first three minutes, but couldn’t cash in.

Ottawa’s best chance came later in the period when Filip Kuba hit a post with Ottawa on the power play.

Some notes after one period.

  • The Stars outshot the Senators 7-6.

  • Ottawa was 0-1 on the power play and the Stars had no power play chances.

  • The Senators won 13 of 16 faceoffs in the period.

  • Mark Fistric is out for the Stars with a groin injury.

  • Dallas’ healthy scratches are Severin Blindenbacher and Brian Sutherby.

Second period

The Stars struck first, scoring off the rush at the 6:14 mark to take a 1-0 lead. Trevor Daley took a pass from Brad Richards and beat Senators goalie Pascal Leclaire with a shot from near the left circle.

The Senators tied it a little more than ten minutes later when Ryan Shannon fired a shot from the boards that skipped by a screened Andrew Raycroft at the 16:29 mark.

The Stars came close to taking the lead with about 37 seconds left in the period, but Leclaire stopped Brenden Morrow on a breakaway.

  • The Stars outshot the Senators 12-8 in the second and have a 19-14 advantage through 40 minutes.

  • Both teams are 0-2 on the power play through the first two periods.

  • Ottawa has won 20 of 36 faceoffs.

  • Stars forward Krys Barch did not play in the second period and the Stars said he will not return to the game.

Third period

The Stars scored 1:13 into the third period to take a 2-1 lead that would hold up the rest of the game. Mike Ribeiro won a puck battle in the corner and sent a pass to Brenden Morrow, who scored off a shot from the circle.

The Stars limited the Senators to just five shots in the period and Ottawa’s best chance came when Jarkko Ruutu centered a puck from the left boards and Stars goalie Andrew Raycroft made a sharp save to keep it out of the net.