That’s a nice small sample. He has the confidence of his
That’s a nice small sample. He has the confidence of hisin Help Wanted Sun Feb 14, 2016 1:06 am
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Yes Dave Casper Salute to Service Jersey , the Red Wings played in Detroit on Monday and also were traveling for a back-to-back, but this is a team with Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Tomas Holmstrom, Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi. A young goalie could have easily been intimidated. But Bachman, who grew up a Colorado Avalanche fan in Denver, wasn’t intimidated, he was excited. These were some of the guys he used to watch Patrick Roy battle in an intense NHL rivalry, so he was stoked…and that makes a difference in the energy of the team and the arena. Clearly, there are several more important issues than backup goalie for the Stars in their battle to become a playoff team and break a three-year drought of no post-season play. Because he knows that any point you can get could be huge at the end of the season. And while there are other areas where more points can be garnered, having a strong backup goalie could be the place where the Stars get pushed into the playoffs. Not to psychoanalyze Raycroft too much, but these backup starts for him became something to be feared more than embraced. The more bad things happened, the more it seemed to eat at his confidence _ and that also can spread to a team. That’s why Bachman’s enthusiasm could be so important for the Stars down the stretch, because it could help carry them at some very difficult times. Bachman did a little of that Tuesday. he stopped 30 of 32 shots. And although he lost 3-2 in a shootout, he showed that the Stars are in good shape going forward. If he has to play at Minnesota on Saturday, the Stars will be ready. If he has to play at San Jose after Anaheim, the Stars will be ready. If he has to play at Buffalo or Phoenix or Chicago or Vancouver,Prediction game Red Wings too much to battle for Stars Dallas Stars Blog, the Stars will be ready. So he is just learning the rhythm of the backup goalie gig. He was called upon Jan. 7 to play against Edmonton when Lehtonen was sick, and did a fantastic job on short notice in a 4-1 win, but Tuesday’s game was the first one where he was told ahead of time that he would get the start. Who knows what he’ll do going forward, but in his last two starts as a backup goalie, he has surrendered three goals…two of which were deflected in by his own defensemen. That’s a nice small sample. He has the confidence of his teammates, and that’s a great sign moving forward. “I think tonight was a good start to that adjustment,” Bachman said. “The one (game) I played the other day, that was kind of a different situation, but having known I was going to play this game for a few days and being able to practice for it, I think that was a good start to getting a feel on how to do that.” “Shootouts are something I’ve been trying to work on, and I still have a little bit of work to do,” he said. “It was a good learning experience against some great shooters coming down with some great moves. You learn what you can from that. You obviously want to earn the team two points, but you take it for what it’s worth and keep and moving forward.” He is 6-2-1 right now with a 2.48 GAA and .919 save percentages, numbers that are very similar to Lehtonen’s (16-9-1, 2.47, .919). While captain Brenden Morrow added: “He’s not a big guy, but he’s positionally sound, he controls his rebound, he doesn’t panic. It’s tough, especially for young guys that really haven’t been in that position. He’s probably used to playing a lot more, but he did really good for us.” “First of all, it’s his job,” said Stars coach Glen Gulutzan, who had Bachman last season with the Texas Stars and doesn’t mind putting pressure on him. “That’s his job (to be ready as a backup)…but he’s learning it too as a first-year guy. He’s learning the job, but he has the right frame of mind to do the job. It’s important that when he comes in, he’s prepared, and he was tonight.” Starting goalie play, finding more scoring, power play success, overall health _ those will likely determine the Stars’ fate down the stretch. However, one thing that could really help push a few crucial extra points in the standings toward Dallas is backup goalie play. Bachman has been a No. 1 goalie for most of his career. He was growing up in U.S. Juniors, he was when he played at Colorado College, he was when he was with the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL, he was when he was with the Texas Stars in the AHL. Heck, when he first got his chance in the NHL with the Stars when Kari Lehtonen battled a groin injury for a dozen games, Bachman was essentially a starting goalie when he received eight straight starts. And that’s why he’s in the minors right now and Richard Bachman is in the NHL. The Stars need some big games from their backup this season. Not only do they need to get Kari Lehtonen some rest, but they need to pick up points in odd situations. Just because you’re playing Detroit on the second night of a back-to-back does not mean you should just mail it in and accept a loss. A backup goalie can lift you up at some of the most important times of the season. “I would think so,” Gulutzan said when asked if Bachman’s energetic attitude is helping him. “If I were him,dream team jerseys, I would be excited. He has a great character attribute in that he’s a very professional guy and he’s always battled the odds with his size and everything. So I think having excitement and that battling mentality is a great thing for him.” It was a problem down the stretch last season and it was a horrendous problem early this season, as Andrew Raycroft went 2-8-0 with a 3.51 GAA and .898 save percentage. Dallas is 0-6-1 on the second night of back-to-back games,Cheap Cowboys Je.
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