Dallas Stars: Brad Richardson

Bachman stellar as Stars top Kings, 2-1

December, 11, 2011
12/11/11
1:27
AM CT
Dallas Stars goaltender Richard Bachman made his first NHL start Saturday night in Los Angeles, and it was an impressive one. Impressive enough that he probably will get the call for the Stars’ next game. Bachman stopped 26 of 27 shots to lead the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings.

“It was exciting. When the final buzzer goes off there’s a sigh of relief, especially in a tight game like that,” said the 24-year-old Bachman. “It’s fun, it’s exciting. You always dream about getting that first win. It’s a dream come true.”

Bachman made several nice saves in the game. He had a sharp save on Simon Gagne early in the game. He made a nice stop on a Colin Fraser redirection early in the second period. In the third period with the Stars protecting a 2-1 lead, he made back-to- back saves on Gagne and Drew Doughty with a little more than seven minutes left and then made a save on Kings captain Dustin Brown with 1:38 remaining.

“They were coming and we knew they were coming,” Bachman said. “The D did an awesome job keeping them to the outside and the few shots they did have from the middle they were kind of forced to keep them low, which helps.”

“I’ve had Bacher (in the AHL) and he’s a competitive guy,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan. “He’s pretty clean when it comes to rebounds and I think he had a real good start for us.”

And Gulutzan said it is likely that Bachman will start the Stars’ next game, which is Tuesday at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

“I think he deserves another start,” said Gulutzan. “Most likely against the Rangers (on Tuesday) we will give him that opportunity and see if he can run with it.”

The Stars scored on their third power play of the game to take a 1-0 lead 13:35 into the game. Michael Ryder slipped by Jack Johnson off the rush, centered the puck and it deflected in off the skate of Jamie Benn.

“Just kind of drove the net, had my stick on the ice and it my foot and went in,” said Benn, who scored for just the second time in the last 13 games. “It was a lucky goal, but one I’ll take.”

The Kings drew even with a shorthanded goal at 13:58 of the second period. Anze Kopitar poked the puck away from Ryder at the Los Angeles blue line to start a two-on-zero and Brad Richardson slipped the puck between the Bachman's legs.

The Stars took the lead a little less than three minutes later. After a Tomas Vincour shot was blocked off the rush, Trevor Daley got the loose puck and beat Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier with a wrist shot from the slot.

While the Stars snapped a two-game losing streak, the Kings dropped their fourth straight game. It was also the eighth straight game in which they scored two goals or fewer.

“We have to be more desperate right now. We have to be more desperate the rest of the year,” said Brown. “We aren’t playing with enough intensity or enough desperation. We are a good team and now we are not playing like one.”

Notes

*The Stars improved to 8-0-0 when lead after two periods.

*The Kings are now 0-11-1 when trailing after two periods.

*Adam Pardy and Toby Petersen were scratched for Dallas.

*Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Kari Lehtonen (groin) skated in Frisco on Saturday. Lehtonen likely will return after Christmas.

*Right wing Adam Burish (broken hand) is skating and shooting pucks. He is expected to return some time before Christmas, according to Gulutzan.

Stars fall 3-1 to Kings

April, 2, 2011
4/02/11
3:48
PM CT
The Dallas Stars playoff chances took a devastating blow with a 3-1 loss in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon. The Stars, who are winless in their last six games (0-3-3), are five points out of a playoff spot with five games remaining. Brad Richards scored the lone goal for the Stars, who have scored just nine goals over their last six games. Kari Lehtonen stopped 29 of 31 shots.

Quotable

“We put both goals in our net tonight. That puck luck, or whatever you want to call it, has not been going our way. All you can do is keep persevering. If we continue to work hard and continue to do those things, hopefully it will change. We started off the season with five wins in six games and we have to finish off the season with five wins. We’re still alive here, we’re still kicking. You just have to keep believing that your luck is going to change. That was a very even game. They got the break, we didn’t. End of story.” – Stars coach Marc Crawford

“It’s a cliché, but we got to work harder and the breaks with come. We felt pretty confident as the game went along and going into the third with a tie game, it was a game we could get. We just didn’t have that extra step to get to any of those loose pucks.” – Stars captain Brenden Morrow

Notes

*The Stars are 9-15-6 in their last 30 games, including 8-13-6 since the All-Star break.

*The Stars have scored 9 goals during their six game winless streak (1.5 per game).

*The Stars are 8-10-5 against the Pacific Division this season.

*The Stars did not have a power play chance in a game for the first time this season.

*The Stars were not shorthanded in a game for the first time this season.

*Saturday’s game marked the first time that neither team had a power play chance in an NHL game since April 2, 2010 (Chicago at New Jersey).

First period

There were no penalties, no power plays and both teams had 12 shots on goal in the first 20 minutes.

Stars coach Marc Crawford did some line juggling, moving Jamie Benn to a line with Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson. Brandon Segal, who was back in the lineup, played on the right wing with Brenden Morrow and Mike Ribeiro.

Stars defenseman Karlis Skrastins returned after missing four games with a leg laceration. Adam Burish, Nicklas Grossman and Brian Sutherby remain out with injuries. Brad Lukowich and Krys Barch were scratches.

Second period

The Kings took the lead at the 4:15 mark of the second when defenseman Willie Mitchell’s shot from the right point deflected off forward Wayne Simmonds, got through Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen and went in off the stick of defenseman Mark Fistric as he tried to sweep it out of the net.

But the Stars answered 1:13 later when Brad Richards’s shot from the right circle off the rush slipped through Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to make it a 1-1 game.

There were no power plays in the second period, but with nine seconds left the game’s first penalties were called as Stars center Mike Ribeiro and Kings forward Brad Richardson were given roughing minors.

Third period

Kings defenseman Matt Greene scored the lone goal of the third period, sending a shot from the top of the right circle that deflected off the skate of Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski and into the net with 7:10 remaining.

The Stars pulled Lehtonen for an extra attacker, but Kings captain Dustin Brown sealed the win with an empty net goal with 7.4 seconds remaining.

There were no penalties in the third period, resulting in a game in which neither team received a power play.

Stars lineup

Benn-Richards-Eriksson
Morrow-Ribeiro-Segal
Ott-Benn-Vincour
Petersen-Wandell-Langenbrunner
Williams

Goligoski-Robidas
Daley-Woywitka
Skrastins-Fistric

Lehtonen
Raycroft (backup)

Injured: Burish (leg), Grossman (knee), Sutherby (back)

Scratches: Barch, Lukowich

Power play units

No power plays

Penalty kill units

No penalty kills

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