Richard Bachman and Mike Ribeiro helped the Dallas Stars keep up their late-season surge.
Bachman, the rookie goalie, settled down after facing an early penalty shot and Ribeiro scored two goals to lead the Stars to a 5-2 win over Vancouver on Tuesday that put Dallas in first place in the Pacific Division.
''Starting off with a penalty shot to warm up is never what you want to see as a goalie,'' said the 24-year-old Salt Lake City native who faced Canucks rookie Zack Kassian on the penalty shot.
However the puck dribbled off the Canucks rookie's stick.
''Once that was done it kind of helped settle me in and after the first period I really got comfortable,'' Bachman said.
It was only his second start ahead of Kari Lehtonen in 17 games, and he remained poised even after giving up the game's first goal in the second period.
''I guess I fooled you guys,'' Bachman said when told he appeared pretty calm after he misplayed a shoot-in leading to another early chance by Henrik Sedin.