The Dallas Stars moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Saturday night at American Airlines Center. The Stars, who won their fifth straight game, tied Detroit at 45 points, but hold the regulation/overtime wins tiebreaker. Eric Nystrom and Alex Chiasson scored for the Stars. Richard Bachman stopped 31 of 32 shots to win his third straight decision.
Bachman stellar again
Stars goaltender Richard Bachman turned in another stellar performance, stopping 31 of 32 shots. Bachman has stopped 79 of 82 shots over his last three appearances, all of them victories.
Another quick start for Stars
The Stars got off to another quick start on the scoreboard Saturday, scoring two twice in the first seven minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Eric Nystrom scored on a two-on-rush with Erik Cole to put the Stars ahead 1-0 at the 1:57 mark of the first. Alex Chiasson scored tipped in a Ray Whitney shot with the Stars on the power play to make it a 2-0 at the 7:00 mark of the first.
Six in six for Chiasson
Alex Chiasson kept his goal-a-game pace, scoring his sixth goal in his sixth NHL game. Chiasson, called up to the NHL after the NHL trade deadline, has a scored goals in four of his last five games and has points in five straight games.
The Stars took a 1-0 lead 1:57 into the game when Eric Nystrom scored on two-on-one rush, beating Sharks goalie Antti Niemi with a wrist shot from the left circle.
The Stars had a couple of power play chances and scored on the second one when Alex Chiasson deflected a Ray Whitney shot past Niemi to make it a 2-0 game at the 7:00 mark of the first.
The Stars went on their third power play of the game 7:18 into the second, but couldn’t cash in. Loui Eriksson had a close range backhand, but Niemi came up with the save to keep the Sharks within two goals.
San Jose went on its first power play of the game at 10:48 of the second, but Stars goaltender Richard Bachman came up big, stopping a Joe Pavelski blast from the left circle and then denying a Patrick Marleau rebound bid.
The Stars had a good chance 3:12 into the period, but Niemi stopped Ryan Garbutt’s bid from close range off the rush.
The Sharks went on their second power play of the night at 4:37 of the third, and San Jose scored to make it a 2-1 lead. Brent Burns backhanded the rebound of a T.J. Galiardi shot into the net at 5:56 of 5:56 of the third.
Bachman came up some good stops during scrambles in front of the Dallas net to keep it a 2-1 game.
The Sharks pulled Niemi with just over minute remaining for the extra attacker, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
Injured: Lehtonen (groin), MacDermid (chest)
Scratch: Jordie Benn