Oct 17, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars goalie Dan Ellis (30) pokes the puck away from San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) during the overtime shootout at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Sharks 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Stars give first loss of the season to Sharks, in shootout


There are no more unbeaten teams in the NHL, after the San Jose Sharks fell to the Dallas Stars in a shootout, 4-3.

The Stars, however, seemed to be hoping for a shootout the whole time, and coach Lindy Ruff knew exactly who would be one of the shooters, rookie Alex Chiassson.

Via ESPN:

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.”

It seemed to work in his favor, because the Stars did manage to bring the game to a shootout, thanks in part to Cody Eakin, who tied it up at 3 a piece with just over 7 minutes to play.

Another interesting fact to point out is that even though the San Jose Sharks lost, it was in overtime. With the Colorado Avalanche losing to Detroit last night, San Jose is now the only team to have not lost a game in regulation.

The Stars are now 3-3-0 on the season, while the Sharks are 6-0-1.

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