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Mark Stone lifts Senators past Stars

Puts Ottawa ahead to stay in third period after Dallas scores into own net in first

by Chris Stevenson / NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Mark Stone scored the go-ahead goal at 6:03 of the third period to lift the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

Mike Condon made 31 saves for the Senators (28-18-6), who ended a two-game skid.

Defenseman Dion Phaneuf scored a shorthanded goal at 14:41 of the first period to give Ottawa a 1-0 lead and end its goal drought at 135:05.

The Senators took a 2-0 lead with 2:05 left in the first when Stars forward Jiri Hudler's attempted drop pass on a delayed penalty went between defensemen Dan Hamhuis and John Klingberg and into the Dallas net.

 

WATCH: All Stars vs. Senators highlights

 

Chris Kelly, who was the last Ottawa player to touch the puck, was credited with his fifth goal. He was on the bench when Hudler's pass went into the net.

"Very efficient, I am. No shots, no pluses and a goal," Kelly said. "I had no idea. I just saw it go back. At first I thought the D-man was going to get it, but then I think he quickly realized, 'I'm not getting this puck,' so then he kind of stopped."

Antoine Roussel and Jamie Benn scored for the Stars (21-24-10), who have lost four in a row. Kari Lehtonen made 24 saves.

Benn tied the game 2-2 at 16:09 of the second period when his shot from the high slot found its way through a screen.

Video: DAL@OTT: Ja. Benn nets heavy blast through traffic

"We came back and tied it up," Benn said. "All we had to do was win 20 minutes of hockey and all that other stuff (the shorthanded goal and own goal) is a nonfactor. Just because we lost we can look back at that and blame it on that, but things like that happen in a hockey game, and we should have just come out in the third and won the game."

Roussel made it 2-1 at 11:28 of the second period when he was the recipient of a nice backdoor pass from Radek Faksa across the goal mouth behind Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson.

Video: DAL@OTT: Roussel strikes on smooth dish from Faksa

 

Goal of the game

With a tripping call coming up on Ottawa forward Zack Smith, Hudler scored into his own net from the red line. "I saw [Cody Eakin] on the left side, and I didn't want to give it away, try to keep it alive and give ourselves a chance to create, take your time, try to wear them out," Hudler said. "We have an extra man on the ice. I was confident. I don't know if guys were changing. I didn't think it was going in at first, the feeling on my angle and I was on my backhand. I turned around and right away I knew. In a game like this, it's a mistake, but it's not like I wanted to put it in my own net. It's unfortunate."

Video: DAL@OTT: Kelly credited with bizarre empty-netter

 

Save of the game

With 2:45 to go in the third period and the Senators ahead 3-2, Condon made a big stop on Stars defenseman Esa Lindell's shot from the slot.

 

Highlight of the game

Stone showed some great hands when he rounded up a loose puck after it went off the outside of the Stars net and tucked it in by the left post on a wraparound for the winning goal. "It's a tough play for a goalie when the puck is laying there perfectly for me," Stone said. "It hit the mesh and just landed perfectly for me. It was awesome. I'll take those any day."

Video: DAL@OTT: Stone nets wraparound to put the Sens on top

 

Unsung performance of the game

The Senators penalty kill went 6-for-6 and chipped in a shorthanded goal.

Video: DAL@OTT: Phaneuf nets shorthanded goal off a faceoff

 

They said it

"I think we have picked almost every way of losing so far, including shooting one in [our] own net. So it is frustrating. We went in and talked about winning the second period to get us back in the game, and we did that. In the end, we just couldn't push through and they got a little bit of a bounce and ended up scoring." -- Stars coach Lindy Ruff

 

"It felt good. Bottom line is we won and it's a huge win for us. Now we've got to move forward to Saturday." -- Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who scored a shorthanded goal on the one-year anniversary of his trade to Ottawa from the Toronto Maple Leafs

 

Need to know

The win was the first in regulation for the Senators against the Stars at Canadian Tire Centre since Oct. 7, 2000. … Ottawa dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen.

 

What's next

Stars: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; FS-SW, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Senators: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, MSG+, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Stone, Senators top Stars, 3-2

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