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New York Rangers: No Henrik Lundqvist? No Problem

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

When the New York Rangers announced that starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist would not be in net against the Columbus Blue Jackets, most fans would have probably expected a loss — but not this year.

This is all thanks to backup rookie goaltender Cam Talbot and his stellar play so far this season. He owned a .929 save percentage and a 1.96 GAA going into last night’s game, which was much of the same. The rookie stopped 32 of 34 Blue Jackets’ shots on goal and made key save after key save in numerous parts of the game, especially in the third period.

After playing the previous night, it was quite obvious that fatigue set in on the Rangers’ skaters as the Blue Jackets were clearly a step ahead late in the game. But when the Rangers needed Talbot the most, he stepped up big and helped the Rangers hold onto a 4-2 win. He might not have led the Rangers to victory in Columbus, but he keep the team in the game and gave them a chance to win.

I am sorry to all the Martin Biron fans out there, but it looks more and more obvious that the Rangers made the right choice in waiving him and bringing up this kid. I mean, having a backup goaltender that is good enough to be a starter on some NHL teams is extremely rare, and is something the Rangers need to keep taking advantage of. This is not only for some well-deserved rest for Lundqvist, but also for the benefit of Talbot and the team as well.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers’ and sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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