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Pavelski's power-play goal helps Stars beat Senators 2-1

Joe Pavelski scored a power-play goal midway through the second period, and the Dallas Stars beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Monday night for their second straight win.

Radek Faksa also scored for Dallas, and Anton Khudobin made 19 saves for his first win in four games this season. The Stars won for the first time in four home games.

Vladislav Namestnikov scored his team-high fourth of the season with 1:12 left to spoil Khudobin's bid for his ninth career shutout. Anders Nilsson stopped 41 shots for the Senators, who have lost four straight (0-3-1).

Dallas Stars right wing Corey Perry (10) attempts a shot on goal as Ottawa Senators defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (22) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

Faksa scored in a first period in which Dallas outshot Ottawa 17-9.

The Stars had an excellent chance during the first minute when Miro Heiskanen picked up a rebound in the slot, but he shot wide right. They didn't score until 1:02 left in the first when Faksa redirected Taylor Fedun's shot from the right point past Nilsson.

Dallas made it 2-0 lead with 9:16 left in the middle period, 1 second after Ottawa had killed the first penalty of a 5-on-3 power play. With Stars surrounding the net, the puck went off Nilsson to Jamie Benn in front of the net and to Pavelski, who knocked it in from the left of the net. It was only the third for Dallas in 32 power plays, including one in each of the last two games. Entering the game, the Stars' power play ranked 28th in the league.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson (31) blocks a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars in Dallas, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

The Stars had a third power play in the period, highlighted by another good chance for Heiskanen. His drive from high in the slot went over Nilsson and squarely off the crossbar.

NOTES: The Senators own the NHL's worst success rates on the power play (4 percent) after failing to score on their two chances. ... Khudobin was scheduled to start even before No. 1 goalie Ben Bishop had to deal with his home damaged by a tornado Sunday overnight. Bishop was in uniform next to the Stars' bench for the game. The tornado blew the roof off a house owned, but up for sale, by Dallas C Tyler Seguin where he no longer lives. ... Nilsson's highest saves total this season was 52 in a 3-2 shootout loss at Vegas on Thursday.

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Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) blocks a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Dallas, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

Flames: Return home to begin a three-game homestand on Wednesday against Detroit.

Stars: Play the second in a four-game homestand vs. Anaheim on Thursday.

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Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark (13) skates with the puck as Ottawa Senators defenseman Nikita Zaitsev (22) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

Dallas Stars center Roope Hintz (24) and left wing Jamie Benn (14) talk before a faceoff during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Dallas, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Brannstrom (26) skates with the puck as Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)

Dallas Stars center Joe Pavelski (16) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Ottawa Senators in Dallas, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (AP PhotoSam Hodde)