DALLAS – Josh norris scored twice and Philippe gustavsson made 38 saves for the Ottawa Senators in a 4-1 win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center on Friday.
“He saw it all,” Ottawa coach DJ Smith said of Gustavsson. “He made all the saves he had to make. He made a few really big ones in the second when [Dallas] had this big boost. “
Brady Tkachuk and Connor brown each scored their first goal of the season for the Senators (3-4-0), who ended a three-game losing streak.
Joe pavelski marked, and Braden Holtby made 20 saves for the Stars (3-4-1).
“We gave them three goals thanks to some terrible plays on our part,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “You can’t give anyone three goals like we did tonight, but we generate enough attacking chances to get us back into the game at the right time, but we’re not capitalizing.”
Norris scored on the power play on a rebound created by Drake bathersonOttawa shot to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead at 5:49 of the first period.
“I think we get along well and I guess let’s keep it simple,” Norris said. “Play with [Batherson] because I think it’s my third year now, you just have to be ready for the puck at all times. “
Tkachuk made it 2-0 at 7:55 when he intercepted a clearing attempt from the Stars forward Denis Gourianov. He broke the puck in traffic and beat Holtby on the stick side.
“We had talked about how good this team is in the first half and they can jump anywhere and you have to be prepared to play a north-south game,” said Smith. “I thought we really did it in the first one. [We] has built a lead. And give them credit, they really pushed back in the end. But by having the head, we managed to hang on. “
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Norris scored 7:41 of the second for his first multi-goal NHL game with a Batherson touchdown pass for a 3-0 lead.
“We got upset in the second half and we took advantage of it,” said Bowness. “We gave them a goal and we scored a goal. They had two shots on goal and they scored a goal. We had a ton. [of shots] and I have one [goal]. “
Pavelski scored on the power play to reduce Ottawa’s lead to 3-1 at 10:38 on a cross pass from Alexander Radulov.
“You have to find ways to score goals in this league and we’ve had some great looks,” Pavelski said. “We had second chances, breakaways, time zone, [shots from defenseman]. He’s not coming in right now. “
Brown scored on a redirect from Victor Metemoves to 3:11 of third for the 4-1 final.
REMARK: Dallas Defender Jani Hakanpaa was placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Friday.
Video: Norris and Gustavsson lead Senators to road victory