DALLAS — Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff was thinking about a shootout even before his club faced the undefeated San Jose Sharks.
Ruff had the idea that if the game was forced to a tiebreaker, he would use rookie Alex Chiassson as one of his first three shooters.
The opportunity presented itself and paid off immediately as Chiasson was the only player to score in the shootout, lifting the Stars to a 4-3 victory on Thursday night.
"Before the game we knew he was going to be number two or three," Ruff said. "He had a goal in the shootout during the preseason (against Florida).
"Chaisser took me off the hook with that one."
The Sharks are no longer perfect, but with the Colorado Avalanche losing at home to Detroit, San Jose is the only NHL team without a regulation defeat this season.
The Stars improved to 3-3, and the Sharks fell to 6-0-1, one game shy of tying their best mark of 7-0, established last season.
"It's not about the streak," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "It's about living for today. We're disappointed we didn't get the two points. We probably didn't play well enough."
Chiasson was the only one of the six skaters to score in the shootout, beating Antti Niemi by firing a shot just inside the right post.
"I always like to come with speed," Chiasson said. "I think it shows the goalie you've got a couple moves if you're coming fast. I just got my head up and let it go."
Chiasson is Dallas' leader with four goals in six games this season. He has 10 goals in 13 career NHL games.
The Stars outshot San Jose 31-29 in regulation. The Sharks took all five shots in overtime but couldn't beat Dan Ellis even though Dallas was short-handed for the final 1:02 of overtime.
"You had to make a good read and try to stay big, try to stay patient and force them to shoot," Ellis said of his shootout strategy.
San Jose, which scored eight power-play goals in its first six games, was 0 for 5 against Dallas.