USHL Alum - Bachman makes 43 saves in Canucks win


Cedar Rapids, IA - March 6, 2017

ANAHEIM, Calif. — An unlikely performance from journeyman goalie Richard Bachman has the Vancouver Canucks thinking about a playoff push that seemed farfetched just a few days ago.

Bachman made 43 saves, Bo Horvat and Markus Granlund each scored and the Canucks beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Bachman got his first win since Oct. 30, 2015, in his first appearance this season for the Canucks.

"It feels really good," said Bachman, who is unbeaten in two career starts for Vancouver. "Anytime you get to play in this league, it’s an awesome experience and opportunity. To win, it’s even more special."

Bachman acknowledged being nervous going into the game, but it never showed. He was solid throughout, including when he denied Rickard Rakell on a wraparound late in the third k spec

The Ducks rarely challenged Bachman despite matching their season-high in shots. Bachman pointed out he was able to keep a good eye on the puck most of the night, while Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle lamented the lack of follow-up opportunities or screens in front.

While the Ducks struggled to manufacture chances, the Canucks created their own puck luck for the second straight game. Jonathan Bernier thought he had smothered Ben Hutton's shot from the blue line, but the puck trickled free from under his left arm. Horvat was waiting at the foot of the crease and easily tapped it in. 

After defeating Los Angeles and Anaheim on back-to-back nights, Vancouver is just six points behind St. Louis for the second wild card in the Pacific Division.

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