This was the FIRST time this season that Kreider seemed to play with Talbot’s mask, moving him from side to side, before and after the kiss and ending with a facewash.
Talbot said that he enjoys watching Lundqvist when he is at his best and knows that when Henrik is on his game the Rangers are a tough team to beat. (Ranger Rants)
He added that he looks up to Lundqvist for advice and leadership during certain situations and that he tries to study Lundqvist’s habits on and off the ice. Talbot said that it’s a good situation for him to learn from one of the best. (Ranger Rants)
When it comes to preparing for games, Talbot says that he works mostly with Benoit Allaire but Lundqvist also helps out with some pointers and things he has seen. He added sometimes it’s better not to know too much heading into a game against a new team because you don’t want to focus on something that they may do and then get beat when they do another. (Ranger Rants)
Talbot last played on 1/4 against the Leafs. He stopped 25 of 26 shots in that game.
On the season, Talbot is 9-3 with a .938 save percentage and a 1.66 GAA.
Alain Vigneault said yesterday that “if he was a betting man” Cam Talbot would get one of the two games the Rangers have this weekend, Saturday afternoon in Ottawa or Sunday night against Washington.
Vigneault said that there is a temptation to ride Henrik Lundqvist since he is playing at a high level but that they need to be smart and spread the minutes.
He added that the Rangers have two good goalies that the organization has confidence in, “one is a proven veteran goalie that we will use more but the young goalie has proven he can play.”
Talbot last played on 1/4 against the Leafs. He stopped 25 of 26 shots
6:35PM: Henrik Lundqvist told John Giannone:
- “I have to work harder, that was my first thought. It is what it is. Cam is playing really well and we won the last two games and the team played really well. To change, I didn’t expect a change. I didn’t.”
- What parts, “I can point out a lot of details, but the bottom line is that I need to stop the puck more, that is my goal. I can promise you that I work as hard as I can and I have been doing that, I hope that it turns around and the next start, whenever it is will be a good opportunity to get a good solid game.
2PM Henrik Lundqvist said that he didn’t expect to start and that when he does he needs to be better.
Alain Vigneault said that he didn’t think it made sense to make a change after winning two straight. Henrik Lundqvist agreed that Talbot was playing well and that it’s about winning and what is best for the group. (NY Post)
12PMCam Talbot was the first goalie off the ice and will start tonight against the Caps. (Rangers on twitter)
Rangers goaltender Cam Talbot recorded a 2–1 shootout win over the Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden on Monday, 24 hours after he notched a 4–1 win against Minnesota at MSG. Talbot is the first Rangers goaltender other than Henrik Lundqvist to win games on consecutive days since Kevin Weekes on Nov 1–2, 2006, and he’s the first Rangers netminder other than Lundqvist to do that while allowing no more than one goal in each game since Mike Richter on Oct. 30–31, 1993.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the expectation is that Cam Talbot will start tomorrow against Minnesota and it’s likely he will play against Toronto on Monday as well.
Brooks says that this will allow Henrik Lundqvist to take a “mental-health break” since it seems like he is “carrying the weight of the world on his shoulder” lately.
Talbot last started on 12/2 against the Jets and last played against the Blue Jackets on 12/12.