Cam Talbot and the Rangers came into this Habitant House of Horrors and ate it up as if it were made out of gingerbread.

“This whole thing here with the New York shadow over this place, I didn’t really get it,” Brad Richards said after the Blueshirts’ 1-0 Saturday Night Special of a victory over the Canadiens. “And I don’t think our new coach did, either.

“Before the game he made a joke about how there were no ghosts here, that it’s a great place to play and we should go out and have some fun.”

Which is just what Alain Vigneault’s team did in playing impressive, impassioned and disciplined hockey from wire to wire in front of their first-year goaltender to break a seven-game regulation losing streak here, in which the Rangers had been outscored 25-3, and an eight-game drought overall stretching back to March 17, 2009.

“My first NHL shutout would have meant the world to me in any building,” said Talbot, the first Rangers goaltender of the NHL’s modern era that began in 1944-45 to start his career with five straight games allowing two goals or fewer. “It’s just a great feeling.”

Talbot, who has allowed a sum of eight goals in going 4-1, was resolute. He stood his ground, held his position and battled through traffic to stop all 22 shots he faced in recording the first Rangers shutout here since Ed Giacomin blanked the Habs 5-0 on Feb. 25, 1967, in the final season of the Original Six Era.

“I was 6,” Vigneault said.

If this were historic, no one could tell it by the unflappable 26-year-old goalie, who barely emoted when it ended, allowing himself only the briefest and most modest of displays — if you blinked, you missed it — before he was greeted by his teammates.

If there were one regret, it was that Talbot didn’t get the game puck, a Canadien apparently flipping it into the stands immediately after the final buzzer.

“One of our guys tried to grab it, but it was too late,” the goaltender said. “So I got one from the penalty box instead.”

If the Rangers were late arriving for the trophy, it was about the only time all night they were late on the puck. They were dogged in their puck pursuit, buttoned down in their scheme and flashed speed and determination throughout the match in winning for the seventh time in their past nine games.