First regulation win in Los Angeles since March of 2010. First ever victory for Richard Bachman. Stars will wake up...in New York...knowing they're the 1st placed team in the Pacific Division (somehow).
I sincerely hope Doughty gets a suspension for what he pulled. I thought it was a borderline 5 minute for checking from behind. If the league is really serious about the concussions they'll suspend his ass.
Nice win for the Stars tonight, always happy to beat LA. Bachman looked good.
Please separate Eriksson and Benn, it just isn't working.
This was one of the most satisfying wins of the year. And not just because I hate LA. But partly because I hate LA. **** those guys. Including ****ing Doughty who is quite the cheap little ****.
This is why you follow prospects. So rewarding seeing Bachman get his first NHL win. I knew he had something when I watched him at CC and he's been one of my favorite prospects since. You could just tell he had the composure and the instincts to play at higher levels. Who gives a damn what his size is. He can play the position.
Then you've got Larsen shadowing Kopitar all night. Vincour, Wandell, and Benn getting on the scoresheet. Benn backchecking like a demon to secure the win. You can throw out all the superstars in the league... when the chips are down I want Jamie Benn on my team.
And the best part? Bachman was the highest pick of all those guys. In the 4th ****ing round. That's how it's done.
The Stars are 15-1-0 when allowing fewer than three goals - the only loss coming when the Kings' Jonathan Quick beat them 1-0 on Oct. 22 at Los Angeles. Dallas is 1-10-1 when allowing more than two, including a 5-3 home loss to the Kings on Oct. 27.
I'd be frustrated as a Kings fan if Quick wasn't starting. I think Bernier is a very good goalie, and I don't think anyone would overlook playing him .... but man Quick is automatic against the Stars.
What's the deal? I haven't really checked the schedule for LA lately. Has Quick been playing a ton and he needs rest? I just can't think of really one reason to use him against a team he has owned.
I don't mean this as a knock on Bernier, but I already feel like Dallas has a chance instead of just hoping that they can squeak something behind quick. Less travel may be the best thing about realignment, but call me scared if you want, not seeing Quick all the damn time is right up there at the top too.
The only thing I could see was Quick giving up 4 goals against Minny cause he is automatic against the Stars (no offense). But dammit you guys didn't blow us out!
Finally I was able to watch the recap of the match. Great performance by Bachman. Lets not get too excited, it was only his first start. In my opinion Stephan's first few games were also more impressive than Turco's back then. But wins against LA are always nice to see. Keep it up, Stars!