While John Tortorella dominated discussions in his return to Madison Square Garden, Rangers goalie Cam Talbot quietly made his home debut. Standing in an unusual spot behind the visitor’s bench, Tortorella couldn’t do much but quietly watch as the rookie goaltender dominated the former coach’s new team — as he has most teams this season — making 35 saves to help the Rangers to a 5-2 win over the Canucks on Saturday afternoon. Talbot took the place of Henrik Lundqvist, who sat after playing the previous day in Boston, and made his eighth appearance of the season, with the first seven games of his career all coming on the road. Talbot maintained the calm he’s displayed on the road, easing into the intense atmosphere after watching Chris Kreider score two first-period goals. “To get out in front by two goals there right away was pretty important for us, especially against a team like this who we know can score a lot of goals,” Talbot said. “It also helped me settled into the game a little here. A lot of adrenaline running through it — first game at MSG. That was a huge boost for us. We kind of climbed on Kreider’s back and kept going.” Talbot’s been going strong ever since he debuted in October. The 26-year-old, who recorded shutouts in his previous two starts, has not suffered a loss since allowing two goals in his NHL debut in Philadelphia on Oct. 24 and is now 6-1 with a 1.49 GAA and a .944 save percentage.
Talbot shines in Garden debut as Rangers roll over Canucks
New York Post | Dec 1