- Associated Press - Sunday, October 6, 2013

DALLAS — Alex Chiasson is off to a fast start in the NHL.

Chiasson scored the tiebreaking goal at 12:07 of the second period, and Dallas defeated the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Saturday night to give Lindy Ruff his first victory as coach of the Stars.

It was the second goal this season for Chiasson, who has eight in nine career games. Still, the 23-year-old right wing said he doesn’t think much about scoring goals.

“I just play my game. That’s my main focus. As long as the team wins, that’s all I care about,” he said.

Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for Dallas, which stopped a Capitals flurry on a power play as the game ended.

Alex Ovechkin scored in the first period for Washington. Erik Cole tied it 3:35 later.

“We had lots of chances — lots of crossbars and posts,” Ovechkin said.

Midway through the second, the Stars skated in 3-on-2 against goalie Braden Holtby. Cody Eakin took a shot and the rebound went out to Chiasson as he skated down the slot and beat Holtby.

Before joining the Stars last April, Chiasson had 36 goals in 109 games at Boston University and 14 in 66 American Hockey League games. Dallas said he became the first NHL player to score eight or more goals through his first nine games since Rob Gaudreau in 1992-93, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The only other active player who started as well was Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne.

“He finds the right place,” Ruff said. “He needs a little of that magic to rub off on the other guys.”

Ovechkin’s goal came on a power play 4:26 into the game when he took a pass from Mike Green in the left circle and one-timed the puck past Lehtonen.

It was the fourth goal in three games this season for Ovechkin, who entered tied with teammate Mikhail Grabovski for the NHL scoring lead.

The Capitals came in with a league-best 56 percent success rate (5 for 9) on power plays. They were 1 for 3 against the Stars.

“I thought we did a nice job on their power play,” Ruff said. “Ovechkin just did what he does. He took a shot from a tough angle and he found a hole.”

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