But call-up goalie Richard Bachman also played a very large role in the Stars 2-1 victory at the Staples Center. Other than a few rebounds cleaned up by his teammates and a 2-on-0 where he had no shot, Bachman did everything the Stars wanted against the old-school purple and gold.
And that performance not only earned him his first NHL victory, it has likely earned him another start very soon according to head coach Glen Gulutzan.
(On Richard Bachman): "He's a competitive guy and he's pretty clean when it comes to rebounds...He looked like himself. I just told him when he went out there it's the same game that you've been playing. He has that ability...He's going through the natural progression. He's a good goaltender.
``He had a really good start for us. I think he deserves another start, most likely against the Rangers. We'll give him that opportunity, and see if he can run with it."
After the jump, more on the Stars victory over the Kings, Andrew Raycroft evaluates his own play and are "concussion-like symptoms" ever not actually a concussion?
- Mark Stepneski uses Bachman as his main storyline for the Stars victory, and he emphasizes that while not overly busy, he did have to come up with a handful of game-changing stops. [ESPN Dallas]
- As the 12:26 a.m. final buzzer was well past the Dallas Morning News' deadline, their website was still relying on this Associated Press report as of early this morning. Hey, at least it's free. [DallasNews.com]
- All the nasty numbers from the Kings perspective. Their offense is, um, struggel-uggel-uggling. [ESPN Los Angeles]
- The loss of Mike Richards to a not-admitted-but-obviously-a-concussion is becoming a big concern, especially since the offense is struggling so mightily. [Los Angeles Times]
- Because of the late game, this was the Stars story that ran in the DMN today (and, consequently, is behind the paywall). It talks about why the Stars traded the only designated enforcer, Krys Barch, to the Florida Panthers and why they don't think that will make them any less hard to play against. [DallasNews.com]
- The second half of this pre-game notebook offers a few injury updates, with the sad news that Kari Lehtonen will likely not be back until after Christmas. [ESPN Dallas]
- Andrew Raycroft knows he's been struggling, trust him. He doesn't plan on letting it continue. [DallasNews.com]
- Meet the enemy: The New York Rangers reached their milestone 2,500th victory one game before the Stars game to town with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. [Blueshirt Banter]
- Around the Pacific Division: Holy cow, the Stars gained ground on everyone. The San Jose Sharks gave up only one 5-on-3 goal but couldn't find the back of the net in a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Jordin Tootoo trolled the Anaheim Ducks as he drew a penalty that led to a goal and scored another in a 3-2 Nashville Predators win. And the Minnesota Wild continued to roll with a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. [San Jose Mercury News/Los Angeles Times/Arizona Sports]
- The Kings might not be copping to Richards' concussion, but they're hardly the only ones playing that game this year. [Puck Daddy]
- New favorite backup goalie Bachman talks to the media after the game. He will have to learn to project his voice better if he wants to become a regular in this spot. Fun game - find me the first non-yes-or-no question of the interview.