What a story New York Rangers rookie backup goaltender Cam Talbot has been this season. I mean, between him and starting goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, Talbot was actually the more consistent one all season, believe it or not.
From picking up the slack early in the season when Lundqvist was struggling, to finally ending the Rangers four-year winless drought in Montreal back in November, to going long stretches of not playing, but then after getting the call, picking up right where he left off, and for having a season as a backup goaltender that some starters in the NHL would love to have.
In his rookie year, Talbot played 21 games and ended up with a 12-7 record with a goals against average under 2. Not only were Talbot’s stats impressive for a rookie, but also his demeanor on the ice as very calm, cool and collected. Basically, he was a first year player looking like he has been in the league for a decade. In the Rangers’ regular season finale last night in Montreal against the Montreal Canadiens, Talbot would stop 26-of-27 shots, but lose 1-0 on a penalty shot goal in overtime, ending his first NHL season with an undeserved loss. Regardless of losing that game last night, this in no way shape or form diminishes all of what he did for the Rangers this season.
Now, no matter how great he played this season for the Rangers, hopefully Talbot does not see any action in the playoffs, because that would obviously mean Lundqvist is really struggling. Nevertheless, you cannot deny that Talbot is arguably one of the best, if not the best, backup goaltender currently in the NHL, and that the Rangers are more than happy to have him on their side.
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