The smart money was on the league-leading Sharks heading into this one but the Stars had other ideas.

When Tyler Kennedy set a new Dallas Stars franchise record for fastest goal against at just nine seconds into the first period it appeared emblematic of what most expected coming into this one: All Sharks all the time.

It was not a portent of things to come however as the Stars followed their solid outing in Colorado with another in front of the home fans and this time took a 4-3 shootout victory with them on their way out to California tomorrow.

Dallas lost the shot battle 35-31 and the overall shot attempts 72-65 but dominated large stretches of play in both the second and third periods and after a rocky start Dan Ellis settled down and held them in it through the late stages of the third and a penalty kill in overtime.

Alex Chiasson rewarded Lindy Ruff's choice in the shootout with the game winner as Ellis stopped all three shots he faced.

The win evens the Stars' record at 3-3-0 and most satisfactorily hands the Sharks their first loss of the season after a perfect 6-0-0 start. The (were) perfect Avalanche also fell to the Red Wings tonight if you're keeping track.

It's a big win for the Stars as the Sharks represented the best or the second best in nearly everything entering this one. A big confidence boost for a group headed back out on the road to face the LA Kings and Anaheim Ducks this weekend.