Richard Bachman Breaks 33-Year Old Oilers Record

According to Gene Principe of Sportsnet, via Twitter, Richard Bachman set an Edmonton Oilers franchise record in last night’s game by kicking aside 47 saves in his team debut.  The previous record was set all the way back in 1980 by Ron Low who made 42 saves in his Oilers debut.

Bachman has been the hot topic today across Oil Country given his outstanding performance last night in Los Angeles, keeping the Oilers in the hockey game in which they were grossly outplayed.

Many fans are arguing that Bachman may have just won the backup job in Edmonton given Jason LaBarbera‘s inconsistent play so far this year.  Regardless of whether he wins the number two spot remains to be seen.  For now he brings a much needed level of excitement and optimism surrounding the Oilers.

Low never had a fruitful NHL career, playing in 382 career games for six different teams across eleven seasons, finishing with a record of 102-203-38 and a GAA well north of 4.00.  Having his record stand for 33-years is hard to believe when considering some of the netminders that have patrolled the blue paint in Edmonton.

But records were made to be broken and now Bachman has his name etched in the Oilers record books for likely a long, long time.  It’s hard to fathom anyone breaking this record, at least any time soon.  Then again, if that were to happen then maybe the Oilers would have that number one netminder that many fans think they so desperately need.

For now Bachman has to be enjoying the time with the big club and if he continues to perform to the level he displayed Sunday night, we’ll be seeing a lot more of him.  Let’s hope that his career becomes more eventful than Low’s, especially after breaking a long-standing record.

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