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.
"I liked how we responded because as you get closer and closer to the end and you're fighting for a spot it's going to amp up," Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan said. "I thought today was an indication of that. I thought we handled it pretty well."
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.
"The past couple of games, we've had fast starts and that's key because if a team isn't ready, you can jump on them and take advantage of that," Nystrom said. "That's huge."
Dallas then doubled its lead to 2-0 at 7:00 when Chiasson scored the sixth of his short career with the Stars on the power play for the second time in the game.
"I try not to pay attention to the stats," Chiasson said. "I think I just concentrate on my game. This is great for us. We're right there right now, right in eighth place. The only thing that matters, like I said, are the guys that believe in here. That's all that matters really."
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 was called for interference at 6:38.
"The first one was a pinch that nobody covered and you can't make that play," San Jose head coach Todd McLellan said. "So right behind the eight ball two minutes in isn't a good thing and three, four minutes later it's 2-0. Obviously, coming back from two, we weren't capable of doing it tonight."
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.
"Our work ethic was there," Sharks center Joe Thornton said. "We had the chances. It was just one of those nights where you probably should have gotten the two but just didn't."
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 Bachman, who was starting his second straight game in place of injured starter Kari Lehtonen.
Thornton's 43-foot wrist shot 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 goaltender 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.
"I thought he made some solid saves, especially on the first power play they had in the second," Gulutzan said of Bachman's performance. "He cleaned up a lot of the stuff in from of him. I thought our D did a good job of keeping guys away from him. He was real solid for us."
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.
"Yeah, you can call it a rhythm," Bachman said. "You get your confidence up a bit. You get a little bit more of a feel for the game and stuff that happens out there. The guys are doing such a good job right now in front. We're not afraid to do the small little things that maybe earlier in the season that got us in trouble."
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.