Bachman sharp in Garden-variety shutout

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NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - INSIDE SHOTS

The Stars improved to 2-1 on their five-game road trip with their 1-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. Recently called-up goaltender Richard Bachman stopped all 34 shots he faced in this first career NHL shutout.

"It's just a win," Bachman said. "It's the hockey game I've grown up playing. It's a lot of a fun. It's fun being up here with these guys and trying to take it all in. I am taking it one day at a time and see what happens from here."

As much as Bachman wanted to downplay the win, he admitted being impressed by the surroundings. The Big Apple isn't a bad place to achieve a career first.

"I am glad I finally got to see Madison Square Garden," he said. "It was the first time. I thought that was cool, too."

Though he's technically the third-string goalie behind injured Kari Lehtonen and Andrew Raycroft, Bachman is making a strong impression. He has won his last two starts on this trip, and Raycroft has struggled this season.

Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan likes what he sees out of Bachman.

"It's his demeanor to be a calm guy, and he's very tidy around his net," Gulutzan said. "Tonight, maybe, there were a few more things laying around him than usual, but he made some huge saves on a two-on-one and on a slap shot at the end that he saw at the last minute.

"When you get saves like that in somebody else's building, it lends itself to getting a few points."

Trevor Daley scored the game's lone goal with five minutes left in the third.

The Stars' trip continues with Thursday's visit to the New York Islanders. Dallas improved to 17-11-1.


NHL Team Report - Dallas Stars - NOTES, QUOTES

--One of the first promises of new owner Tom Gaglardi was to lower ticket prices. He's done just that.

The Stars have slashed prices across the board, with most of the lower level available for $70 and the majority of the upper level at $25 or less.

"It's pretty obvious we have a challenge," Stars president Jim Lites said. "Our team has been faceless and ownerless for a bit of time. We've seen an erosion of our season base and our ticket base in general. It's always alarming, and it happens in situations like this."

Attendance has been a major issue at American Airlines Center this season for a franchise that once packed the house regularly. Lites and Gaglardi hope the lower pricing structure brings back old fans and helps build a following with new ones.

--Facing old teammate Brad Richards on Tuesday night wasn't a big deal for the Stars. Richards played in Dallas for three years before signing a $60 million deal with the Rangers last offseason.