Bachman sharp in Garden-variety shutout
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NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - INSIDE SHOTS
The Stars improved to 2-1 on their five-game road trip with their 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Recently called-up goaltender Richard Bachman stopped all 34 shots he faced in this first career NHL shutout.
"It's just a win," Bachman said. "It's the hockey game I've grown up playing. It's a lot of a fun. It's fun being up here with these guys and trying to take it all in. I am taking it one day at a time and see what happens from here."
As much as Bachman wanted to downplay the win, he admitted being impressed by the surroundings. The Big Apple isn't a bad place to achieve a career first.
"I am glad I finally got to see Madison Square Garden," he said. "It was the first time. I thought that was cool, too."
Though he's technically the third-string goalie behind injured Kari Lehtonen and Andrew Raycroft, Bachman is making a strong impression. He has won his last two starts on this trip, and Raycroft has struggled this season.
Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan likes what he sees out of Bachman.
"It's his demeanor to be a calm guy, and he's very tidy around his net," Gulutzan said. "Tonight, maybe, there were a few more things laying around him than usual, but he made some huge saves on a two-on-one and on a slap shot at the end that he saw at the last minute.
"When you get saves like that in somebody else's building, it lends itself to getting a few points."
Trevor Daley scored the game's lone goal with five minutes left in the third.
The Stars' trip continues with Thursday's visit to the New York Islanders. Dallas improved to 17-11-1.
NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - NOTES, QUOTES
--One of the first promises of new owner Tom Gaglardi was to lower ticket prices. He's done just that.
The Stars have slashed prices across the board, with most of the lower level available for $70 and the majority of the upper level at $25 or less.
"It's pretty obvious we have a challenge," Stars president Jim Lites said. "Our team has been faceless and ownerless for a bit of time. We've seen an erosion of our season base and our ticket base in general. It's always alarming, and it happens in situations like this."
Attendance has been a major issue at American Airlines Center this season for a franchise that once packed the house regularly. Lites and Gaglardi hope the lower pricing structure brings back old fans and helps build a following with new ones.
--Facing old teammate Brad Richards on Tuesday night wasn't a big deal for the Stars. Richards played in Dallas for three years before signing a $60 million deal with the Rangers last offseason.
"It's just like seeing (Marty Turco) in Chicago, (Brett Hull) in Detroit or (Mike Modano) in Detroit," Stars captain Brenden Morrow. "It's strange to see those guys on other teams, but you get used to it."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have to get better each game. You can see in the standings it is getting tighter and tighter -- things are even squishing from the bottom and pushing into the top. So the only way you have a chance to stay in the thick of things is to try to get better each day." -- Coach Glen Gulutzan.
NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - ROSTER REPORT
--G Richard Bachman made his second consecutive start Tuesday over Andrew Raycroft, who began the season as Kari Lehtonen's backup. (Lehtonen is on the injured list.) Bachman posted his first career shutout in the 1-0 victory over the Rangers in New York.
--LW Loui Eriksson played his 400th career NHL game Tuesday night against the New York Rangers. Eriksson became the 64th Swedish-born player to reach 400 games played and is the only Swedish-born Dallas player with more than 375 NHL games. Ulf Dahlen, who was also born in Sweden, played 369 games with the Stars.
--LW Eric Nystrom thought the key to Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Rangers was the penalty kill, which was 4-for-4. "The PK is huge and we did a really good job," he said. "That's just hard work and paying the price. Tonight we killed off some timely power plays for them, and that's a big key to winning."
--F Adam Burish (broken hand) is on the injured list. He's out 4-6 weeks, putting his return somewhere between mid-December and early January.
--G Kari Lehtonen (groin) is on the injured list. He's out until the third week of December, at least.
--Stephane Robidas, Sheldon Souray
--Trevor Daley, Nicklas Grossman
--Philip Larsen, Alex Goligoski
--LW Loui Eriksson, C Jamie Benn, RW Michael Ryder
--LW Brenden Morrow, C Mike Ribeiro, RW Steve Ott
--LW Eric Nystrom, C Vernon Fiddler, RW Radek Dvorak
--LW Jake Dowell, C Tom Wandell, RW Tomas Vincour
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