No one really knew what to expect when the New York Rangers announced that Cam Talbot was starting with Henrik Lundqvist out with a minor injury. But through two games, we now know what to expect when we see Talbot in the net.
Talbot is a good technical goalie. He moves very well from side to side, and will stop pretty much all the pucks he can see. But what Talbot did against the Detroit Red Wings was special. In the first period, the game was wide open and Talbot made some excellent saves to keep the game at 1-0. The Rangers started to dominate play as the game went on, but Talbot was still forced to make key saves when the Rangers were shorthanded. One flurry he made three straight excellent saves.
This was only Talbot’s second start and his first win in the NHL, but he is starting to prove that he can be a legitimate goalie at this level. Obviously we would have to see a lot more out of him in order to make that statement true, but the signs all point to Talbot being legitimate. If Lundqvist’s “minor injury” acts up again at some point during the season or he gets injured again, Talbot will be ready to go and will still give the Rangers a chance to win every night.
Lundqvist is still the man in net for the Rangers, but Talbot is making it known that he could take the reigns in the future and run with them.