DALLAS -- No lucky seven for the Sharks this season.

San Jose saw its season-opening win streak end at six games Thursday night, suffering a 4-3 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars in a game that saw the Sharks score nine seconds after the first puck dropped, then fail to hold three one-goal leads.

The Sharks had a chance to go 7-0 at the start of a season for the second year in a row -- something no NHL team has ever done -- but coach Todd McLellan wasn't focused on that afterward.

"It's not about the streak," he said. "It's about living for today, and we're disappointed we didn't get the two points. We probably didn't play well enough. We weren't as crisp and as fast as we had been earlier, and sometimes a good team can do that to you."

That being said, the Sharks were in good position to win in overtime when Dallas defenseman Sergei Gonchar went to the penalty box for cross-checking with 1:02 left in the extra period.

San Jose did get four more shots on Dallas goalie Dan Ellis, but he stopped all of them, then frustrated Logan Couture when he had the puck in front of the goal mouth with 2.7 seconds left to play.

"Good chance, just tried to spin and get it on net," Couture said. "He pushed off and made a good save. Maybe I could have gone back to the backhand."

In the shootout, Sharks goalie Antti Niemi stopped Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin before rookie Alex Chiasson beat him on the glove side. At the other end of the ice, Ellis stopped Joe Pavelski, Couture and Brent Burns.


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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.

This game went back and forth all night.

It took only nine seconds for the Sharks to jump ahead, as Kennedy pursued the puck into the Dallas zone off the opening faceoff and fired a shot that beat Ellis, the backup starting in place of injured Kari Lehtonen.

Seguin tied it at 16:44 when he batted a rebound past Niemi, but 68 seconds after that, San Jose regained the lead on Nieto's goal.

Dallas tied the game 2-2 at 1:53 of the second period when a shot caromed off a Shark's skate right to the stick of Daley, but Marleau gave San Jose its third lead with a wraparound goal at 12:30 that went to video review.

Only 28 seconds after that, Eakin made it 3-3 as he got to the rebound of a shot before any defender could clear the puck.

So were all those Dallas rebound goals just puck luck, or did the Sharks have problems with rebound control and clearings?

"That's us not getting the job done," McLellan said. "They scored two off the goaltender's pads and rebounds similar to the one in St. Louis the other night, so we've got some work to do there."

  • The game was San Jose's first without veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, who was injured Tuesday night in St. Louis. Brad Stuart came off his three-game suspension as Boyle's replacement.

    Boyle's absence may have been most noticeable on the power play, where the Sharks were 0 for 5.

    "Power play opportunities that we had, we didn't capitalize on them," McLellan said, "and that could have been the difference at the end of the night.

  • Adam Burish successfully underwent back surgery Thursday 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.

  • 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. Stephane Matteau did it in eight seconds against St. Louis on Jan. 11, 2000.

    For more on the Sharks, see David Pollak's Working the Corners blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/PollakOnSharks.

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