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BACHMAN LEADS THE ROAD CHARGE
Posted By Travis Currie On Dec 16 2011 @ 12:44 am In Dallas Stars | 1 Comment
Whoever thought that Richard Bachman would be brought up from Texas to win three in a row for the Stars so far and put up a .970 SV% with a 0.90 GAA, stand up. Okay now sit down because you’re a liar.
When Kari Lehtonen was injured in a 3-0 loss to the Coyotes on November 26, the load fell on backup Andrew Raycroft’s shoulders and farm hand Richard Bachman took over Raycroft’s spot on the bench. The Stars won their next two and Andrew Raycroft was stellar in those wins, but then lost their next two giving up five goals in each. It seemed logical to give the 24 year old Bachman his first ever start to see what he can do, especially after he stopped all eleven shots in relief of Raycroft in San Jose last Thursday, but heading in to Los Angeles for the second game of a five game road trip seemed a daunting task.
Fast forward three games and Richard Bachman is turning heads. A 2-1 win in Los Angeles, his first shutout in a 1-0 win at Madison Square Garden in New York on Tuesday, and a 3-2 victory on Long Island over the Islanders Thursday has the Stars on a nice little winning streak and it’s turning out to be a successful road trip so far. Bachman has now stopped all but three of the 99 shots he’s faced on this road trip and has helped the Stars move up in the standings when a road trip like this could potentially be a killer, especially when your number one is on the shelf.
The Salt Lake City born Bachman was drafted by the Stars with the 120th pick in the 2006 NHL draft. He’s played the last two seasons on the Stars farm club and appeared in his first NHL game against the Coyotes last season while stopping the four shots he faced.
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