DALLAS -- It took a shootout loss to keep the San Jose Sharks from winning seven games in a row at the start of a season for a second consecutive year.
San Jose's season-opening winning streak ended at six games as the Dallas Stars handed the Sharks their first loss, 4-3, when Stars rookie Alex Chiasson was the only one of six shooters to get the job done Thursday night.
Sharks goalie Antti Niemi had stopped Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin before Chiasson beat him on the glove side. At the other end of the ice, Stars goalie Dan Ellis stopped Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Brent Burns.
The Sharks got their three goals in regulation from Tyler Kennedy, Matt Nieto and Patrick Marleau, and Seguin, Trevor Daley and Cody Eakin scored for Dallas.
The game was San Jose's first without veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, who was injured Tuesday night when he was driven into the boards early in a game against the St. Louis Blues. With Brad Stuart coming off a three-game suspension, that made McLellan's choice of a replacement easy.
This one went back and forth all night.
It took only nine seconds for the Sharks to jump ahead in this one as Kennedy pursued the puck into the Dallas zone off the opening faceoff and fired a shot that beat Dallas backup goalie Dan Ellis, starting in place of injured Kari Lehtonen.
The Stars didn't wilt though and were outshooting the Sharks 12-7 when they tied it up at 16:44 when Seguin batted in a rebound of a shot that bounced around in front of Niemi. But 68 seconds after that, San Jose was back in the lead when Nieto launched a shot from the left faceoff circle that beat Ellis.
Dallas opened the scoring in the second period when a shot caromed off Sharks defenseman Matt Irwin's skate right to the stick of Daley and he fired the puck past Niemi at 1:53.
Marleau tied it again at 2-2 with a wraparound goal at 12:30 that had to go to video for review in the NHL's Toronto offices. But 28 seconds later, Eakin made it 3-3 as he got to the rebound of a shot by Alex Chiasson before any defender could clear the puck.
-- The Sharks announced Thursday that Adam Burish successfully underwent back surgery in Los Angeles to repair a problem disc. Burish had not played since suffering the injury in the opening game of the exhibition season in September.
Burish is in the second season of a four-year, $7.4 million contract signed as a free agent.
-- Kennedy's goal broke the Dallas franchise record for quickest by an opponent. But it fell one second shy of tying the Sharks mark for quickest goal to start a game as Stephane Matteau did that in eight seconds against St. Louis on Jan. 11, 2000.
-- The Sharks had no update on the condition of Boyle, who is in San Jose undergoing further medical evaluation.
-- Bracken Kearns saw his first action for the Sharks this season, replacing Matt Pelech on the fourth line.
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