October 27 Postgame Quotes: Bachman, Eakins

Richard Bachman on getting comfortable in the game:
It took a little bit there, just not having the morning skate or anything and just trying to get the feel of it there quickly. The first period was pretty routine, I would say in terms of shots against and stuff, but it was nice. They had a couple long shots and I was able to see almost all of them, which help get in to a rhythm and help me get into a groove out there.

Bachman on facing the Kings shooters in the shootout:
They are good. They are good. It’s a tough lineup. Obviously, you want to get that point. It’s a huge point, but it’s a shootout. It’s 50-50 half the time. Obviously, you want the win though. It’s a little disappointing there.

Bachman on Richard’s disallowed goal:
I thought it as a good call. I felt like I got hit pretty good there. Obviously, I couldn’t tell if he was pushed or anything. From my perspective he was driving the crease pretty hard there and knocked me down and I wasn’t able to then move or control it from there. So I thought it was a good call.

Bachman facing the Kings’ big skaters:

There are some big boys over on that squad. Some big, strong guys, so I try not to get too tied up with them and stuff and work around that so I can just see it a little bit if I can. It’s a battle with [those] guys.

Bachman on finding out he was starting the game:
Last night, we had a game in San Antonio and then I found out afterwards, and then hopped on a plane this morning. [Reporter: what time did you get here?] I got here at like 10:30.

Bachman on playing on short notice:
It’s part of the situation. You want to take advantage of any opportunity you can, but it’s just a little different. I try not to think about it too much. I try to do as many things as I normally would have on any other given game day to get myself prepared. You just go out there and try to help the team win.

Bachman on facing Kopitar in the shootout:
I thought he was going to maybe go to his backhand. My first instinct was deke, but then, for me, it was 50-50. I think my line was just a little bit off when I came out on him so I gave him a couple inches on the blocker side. Obviously, he can shoot the puck and they make pay for it, if you are off even by a couple inches.
After the first one went in the shot, you have to be prepared for other guys to maybe shoot too.

Dallas Eakins on how his team played:
I liked the way we stayed in the fight. We were under siege, especially in the third. I think the guys [didn’t] have much left in the tank. Bachman was excellent. I thought he made a couple of big saves, but for the most part he was square to the puck and the puck was sticking to him. It would just hit him and fall right into him. He really settled our bench down and our team down with his play.

Eakins on Bachman’s performance:
I thought he made it look real routine. There was a couple times, like I said, a big save, but it was just business as usual. He wasn’t rattled in there with the amount of shots he was taking. I thought he kept himself real composed which kept our bench composed and our play composed. Good on that kid. He has opened up some eyes very quickly.

Eakins on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Anytime you get a guy that sticks out his knee and knees a guy, we all hold our breath, but Nuge was able to return and then we will have to reassess him some time because theses things get worse overnight. Right now we are hopeful he dodged a bullet on a bad hit.

Eakins on coming into Staples Center:
I would have liked both points in Phoenix. I thought we had a real solid game there. Today coming in and playing a team that hasn’t played in a number of days that are well rested and they are basically sitting there licking their chops waiting for you to come in. I thought we battled hard. The game that the Los Angeles Kings play, that is a game we aspire to play. That’s a big, heavy, fast game and they are well organized and they mean business every shift. I was happy with our compete level. I thought we hung in there and really supported each other really well.

Eakins on Nail Yakupov’s first goal of the season:

Let’s hope we see more of that.

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