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DALLAS -- The good times continue for the Dallas Stars, who got first-period goals from Eric Nystrom and rookie Alex Chiasson and a 31-save performance from Richard Bachman as Dallas won its fifth straight with a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

The Stars wasted little time in taking the lead in front of 18,007 at American Airlines Center. They quickly made it a 1-0 game just 1:57 in when Nystrom blasted a 33-foot wrist shot off the far post and into the back of the Sharks net, beating San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi low on his glove side.

Nystrom's goal from the left faceoff circle came after he gained possession just beyond the Sharks blueline following a solid pass from Trevor Daley, who was just behind the Dallas blueline when he spotted Nystrom open.

Dallas failed to convert on its first power play of the night, which came at 2:22 of the first period when ex-Star Adam Burish was called for boarding. The Stars made the Sharks pay on their second opportunity of the night when Chiasson scored the sixth goal of his short career at 7:00.

Chiasson, 21, who was appearing in just his sixth NHL game, redirected a shot from Ray Whitney, getting the blade of his stick on the puck enough to shovel it off the near post and into the left side of the San Jose net.

The Stars had gone on the power play after the Sharks Raffi Torres, who was acquired from Phoenix prior to last week's deadline, was called for interference on Dallas defenseman Philip Larsen at 6:38.

San Jose cut the Dallas lead, which was 2-0 after two periods, to one goal when Brent Burns scored off a rebound at 5:56 of the third, but that was as close as the Sharks would get.

Dallas looked to further pad its lead at 7:18 of the second when Martin Havlat was sent to the penalty box after high-sticking Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski. And the Stars nearly converted at 7:50 when Loui Eriksson attempted to flip a 12-foot backhand inside the right post, but Niemi dashed over to deny Eriksson with a glove save.

San Jose earned its first power play at 10:48 of the second when Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas was called for hooking on the Sharks' Dan Boyle. And the Sharks nearly pulled one back at 11:51 with an all-out assault on Stars goaltender Richard Bachman, who was starting his second straight game in place of injured starter Kari Lehtonen.

Joe Thornton's 43-foot wrister was first denied by Bachman with a pad save. Joe Pavelski then fired a 42-foot snap, which Bachman again made a solid play on. And the Stars backup netminder ended the stellar sequence which spanned just nine seconds by denying a backhand by Patrick Marleau, who was attempting to score off a rebound, and freezing play.

After Goligoski was whistled for tripping at 4:37 of the third, the Sharks converted at 5:56 on the power play when Burns tapped in a rebound to make it 2-1. Bachman made a pad save on TJ Galiardi's initial effort, but the carom glanced off Eriksson's right skate and fell to Burns, who flipped in a 15-foot backhand to cut the Dallas lead in half.

Bachman has now stopped 79 of 82 shots since coming on for Lehtonen late in the first period of Monday's 5-1 win over the Kings. Bachman denied a wrister by Marleau with four seconds remaining and saw another attempt by Marleau sail wide just before the final horn sounded.

Niemi stopped 17 of the 19 shots he faced in a losing effort for the Sharks.

NOTES: Goaltender Troy Grosenick, who signed an entry-level contract on April 8, injured defenseman Scott Hannan (neck), winger Tim Kennedy, center James Sheppard and defenseman Matt Tennyson were the Sharks' scratches ... Defenseman Jordie Benn, injured goaltender Kari Lehtonen (groin) and injured winger Lane MacDermid (chest) were the Dallas scratches ... Before the game, Dallas honored former defenseman Derian Hatcher for his inclusion on the Stars' 20th anniversary team. Hatcher, who now works in player development for the Flyers, was a member of Dallas' Stanley Cup-winning team in 1999 ... With his first-period assist on Eric Nystrom's seventh goal of the season, Stars center Vernon Fiddler extended his career-long point streak to six games ... Sharks winger Adam Burish spent the last two seasons in Dallas before signing with San Jose as a free agent this past offseason.

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