Edmonton Oilers farmhand goalie Richard Bachman travelled with his mask but laughed when asked if he’d packed his red cape when summoned from the minor leagues Sunday. “I’m not here to be a super-hero,” said Bachman, recalled from the American Hockey League to play against the Los Angeles Kings with the No. 1 Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk hobbled with a sore ankle and backup Jason LaBarbera battered and bruised with a save percentage of .857. Bachman, who was Kari Lehtonen’s understudy with the Dallas Stars last season and signed a two-way contract with the oilers in early July, wasn’t quite Superman at the Staples Center. He didn’t have a perfect night, but he was awfully close as the Oilers were manhandled 48-18 on the shot-clock but stole a point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the kings. Forward Anze Kopitar got the winner in the shootout with a 15-footer on the Kings’ third attempt. “Shootout ... it’s usually 50-50. I thought Kopitar was going to go backhand,” said Bachman, who had a scouting report from Oilers goalie coach Fred Chabot on the tendencies of the Kings’ shooters. Bachman stopped Jeff Carter with his trademark high backhand move, but Mike Richards, who got the only regulation Kings goal on a second-period rebound, whipped one past the goalie’s glove. Jonathan Quick stopped Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and David Perron, but Jordan Eberle beat him with a deke after his seventh stickhandle. Bachman has celebrated an NHL shutout before, against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, but this was his busiest NHL night. “He really settled our bench down,” Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said. “I thought he made it look real routine ... a couple of big saves, but it looked like it was business as usual. “He was composed, he didn’t get rattled and that helped our whole team.” While there was no white horse tethered to a pole outside the Oilers’ dressing room, there should have been a steed because Bachman did ride in to save the day. He made 47 saves, 23 in the third, including two terrific burglaries on Kopitar with his pad with 18 seconds left. “Shootout ... it’s usually 50-50. I thought Kopitar was going to go backhand,” said Bachman, who had a scouting report from goalie coach Fred Chabot on the tendencies of the LA shooters. He stopped Jeff Carter with his trademark high backhand move but Mike Richards, who got the only LA goal on a second-period rebound whipped one past his glove on their first shooter. Jonathan Quick stopped RNH and David Perron but Jordan Eberle beat him with a deke after his seventh stickhandle. Bachman has had an NHL shutout against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden but this was his busiest NHL night. “He really settled our bench down,” said coach Dallas Eakins.
Last-minute call-up Richard Bachman shines for Oilers in shootout loss
Edmonton Journal | Oct 28