DALLAS — Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored two third-period goals and the Ottawa Senators held off the Dallas Stars for a 7-4 victory Tuesday night.
Ottawa was outshot 37-20 but scored three unassisted goals after takeaways, one on the power play and another short-handed, by Pageau.
Craig Anderson made 33 saves in his third straight win, including two shutouts. He had his scoreless streak snapped at 147:04, when Patrick Sharp scored in the second period.
Pageau scored on two breakaways, including his league-leading third short-handed, and added an assist. He has six goals this season.
Dallas goalies Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen combined to make only 13 saves.
The Senators' Mike Hoffman also had two goals, one into an empty net. Mark Stone had a goal and two assists. Bobby Ryan and Milan Michalek also had goals.
NHL leader Jamie Benn scored his 15th and 16th goals for Dallas. Benn assisted on Tyler Seguin's goal.
The Senators are 4-0-2 in their last six games. Dallas' loss ended the Stars' five-game winning streak.
Ottawa didn't have a shot on goal for the first 7:10, but its attempt went in for a 1-0 lead. Ryan took away the puck in the left faceoff circle, skated in front of Niemi and tucked the puck into the right corner.
Michalek scored at 18:49 of the first period for a 2-0 lead. Stone won a battle along the left-wing boards, and the puck went to Pageau. He passed to Michalek in the centre of the left circle, and Michalek sent a wrist shot past Niemi into the upper right corner.
Sharp finally got to Anderson at 7:04 of the second. Cody Eakin tapped a pass ahead to Sharp, who sent a slap shot past the goalie.
The Senators regained a two-goal lead, when Stone intercepted a pass from the Stars' Patrick Eaves at the blue line, stepped to the top of the slot and scored on a wrist shot at 12:33.
Lehtonen then replaced Niemi, who had allowed three goals in nine shots. The first shot Lehtonen faced was Hoffman's goal from the top of the left circle on the power play.
Niemi re-entered the game at 1:05 of the third period, after Lehtonen made two saves. On the first shot Niemi faced, he allowed a short-handed breakaway goal by Pageau on a shot that trickled between the goalie's legs.
Benn scored on a short-handed breakaway at 6:07. Just 1:57 later, Seguin scored from the right circle.
NOTES: Ryan has at least one point in nine straight games (4 goals, 7 assists, 11 points). ... Anderson came into the game with two shutouts in a row after an overtime loss. ... Dallas D Jason Demers (lower-body injury) was scratched from the lineup, but D Jordie Benn returned after missing Saturday's game because of illness. ... The Stars' John Klingberg took the NHL lead with his 20th assist on Sharp's goal. He and Ottawa's Erik Karlsson, who assisted on Hoffman's goal, are 1-2 in scoring among the league's defencemen. . Dallas had won the previous seven games against the Senators.
The Associated Press