Here are some quotes from Dallas Stars goaltender Richard Bachman, who was credited with the win in last night’s 5-3 victory over Minnesota despite playing only 2:32 in the game and facing no shots on goal.
Bachman took over for Kari Lehtonen briefly in the third period when Lehtonen had an issue with a skate lace and had to leave the game. While Lehtonen was out and Bachman was in, the Stars scored quickly on a two-minute, five-on-three power play goal to go ahead 4-2 in the game. Since that goal ended up being the game-winner, and Bachman was in net at the time, he got the W.
Bachman’s not the first NHL goaltender to record a win without making a save. Since 1987-88 it’s been done twice, both times by Craig Billington, who did it with Colorado in 1996 and 1998. Billington played 1:52 in one of the games and 0:12 in the other, according to HockeyReference.com.
Here are some quotes from Bachman as he discussed the win at Saturday’s practice in Frisco.
On the win
“It was the hardest I’ve ever worked for a win.”
On not talking to the media after the win
“Lehts put my number on the board (for media availability), I was waiting and no one came to talk to me.”
On his effort
“I did set up one puck behind the net.”
On Lehtonen not getting the win
“I feel bad for Lehts more than anything and in everyone’s eyes he won. Right now it really doesn’t matter about that stuff. We need wins as a team.”
When asked if he cut Lehtonen’s skate lace last night
“I didn’t yesterday, but I might tomorrow. But only if we have a one-goal lead going into the third period. Then we have to figure out how to get a five-on-three power play for two minutes when I go out there. That really helped me out.”