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Talbot blanks Habs for Rangers first win in Montreal since 2009

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Cam Talbot and the Rangers did what we thought was impossible. New York, who has not won in Montreal in since Torts was less than 2 months on the job the Tom Renney regime, skated into Montreal determined to come out with a win and show everyone their bounce back after a horrible start was for real. Talbot stopped 22 shots for his first career shutout, and the Rangers needed just one powerplay goal to disappoint the hometown fans. It was their first win in Montreal since 2009, and their first shutout of the Habs since 1967.

The Rangers did almost everything right this game. They stayed out of the box, they capitalized on their one big powerplay chance (the 5-on-3), they got stellar goaltending, they played great defense. Sure, they only put up one goal on 34 shots, but that’s more a reflection on Carey Price’s play than the Rangers. They dominated the puck possession game from start to finish, something we hadn’t seen all year.

On to the goal and the Fenwick chart:

Rangers 1, Canadiens 0

Plekanec makes right choice, but Richards scores anyway.

Plekanec makes right choice, but Richards scores anyway.

For all intents and purposes, this is a 5-on-3 goal since the Rangers scored as Raphael Diaz’s penalty expired, but he hadn’t gotten back to help on defense yet. Naturally, the Rangers had some good puck movement, and Derek Stepan was able to hit Brad Richards creeping in on the near side for a one-timer that beat Price as Ryan Callahan screened him in front. Tomas Plekanec, highlighted in the picture, makes the right play and covers the cross ice pass to Mats Zuccarello, but New York was still able to score.

Update: Forgot the goal went to Cally, who deflected the Richards shot.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of ExtraSkater.

Courtesy of ExtraSkater.

As you can see from the chart, the Rangers just dominated the Habs from start to finish last night. The one point when the Canadiens had a Fenwick lead was in the first period, and it was a slim lead at that, caused by a Canadiens powerplay. After that, the Rangers just took over and never looked back. The game may have been close on the scoreboard, and the Habs may have had some good chances, but the Rangers dominated the game, and came out with a win.

This was a big win for the Rangers. Not only did they snap a big losing streak in Montreal, but they beat a team bound for the playoffs. The biggest knock on the Rangers win streak in November was that there weren’t any playoff teams beaten. Now, they’ve beaten Montreal, and they have another opportunity tonight against a Jonathan Quick-less Kings squad. These are the wins that build huge momentum and confidence.

13 Responses to “Talbot blanks Habs for Rangers first win in Montreal since 2009”

  1. Sally says:

    They gave the goal to Callahan who I guess did more than screen the goaltender.

  2. Walt says:

    Interesting stat: Talbot is the first goalie in the NHL, since the mid 1940′s, that started his career, and had less than two goals average, in his first five games. This kid is interesting, and could be what the organization has been looking for to replace Hank down the road!!

    Watching the game, I liked how the Faulk kid played, and late in the game, he lost his stick, but put Danny Brier flat on his tail. It seemed the entire D was clearing the slot well last night.

  3. HARLEMBLUES says:

    I’m Njoying watching Chris Kreider.He is a beast,skating,shooting,passing,hitting,checking and forcing turnovers.Every game he ready to play.He’s only getting better.Cam Talbot,1967.

  4. Bloomer says:

    Rangers get the monkey off their back and beat the Habs. Not sure why it took so long, Montreal haven’t exactly been world beaters the last 4 years. Kreider is finally playing with fire in his belly, thats what he needs to continue to do to be an effective player. The Ranger squad has a few more passengers that need to step up their game. Good on Talbot, I like to see him used in more games as he is young and there could be a lot of untapped potential there.

  5. Joe says:

    I would love to get Subban.

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      Love his skill and speed.He’s a dirty player who hides behind a shield.His teammates pay for his dirty play.He doesn’t fight.

  6. Gary says:

    Kreider… man, that kid is starting to realize what he is, which is a monster in the making. I used to watch him and wonder how can a guy that big bounce off other guys and fold up and fall down so often? I think it was all confidence. He said something like he stopped giving too much respect to other players. I think he has decided to go THROUGH other people now. It was a mental thing.

    Still makes me sad to see Prust staking around with that team. But Dorsett is making it less sad. He’s a good team guy.

    I love this kid in goal, but let’s not anoint him as the second coming just yet. Let’s just call him an excellent backup this year so far and a problem (Biron) solved.

    Hags and MZA provide a nice little dimension on this team. Now, no more little guys please. Add Nash back in there, set some lines and grind away with a combo of speed (Hags, Kreider, McD, Moore), power (Nash, Kreider) and skill (Step, Richards, MZA and a the rest named earlier).

    • HARLEMBLUES says:

      Dorsett is a tough guy who surprising skates well and has some O to his game.We need a Heavyweight to protect him.It’s a team game everyone needs protection.I like his play of late.Good points Gary.

      • Erixon20 says:

        McIlrath solves 2 problems…..heavyweight toughness and #6 Dman, plus he’s a right-handed shot. Trade MDZ, stick with Falk until McIlrath is ready….I’d say give him a chance at about the 40 game mark. Play him 8-10/night, keep Falk around just in case.

        • WilliamW says:

          His potential fills those roles. He’s not ready yet though

          I’m a big DZ fan but he’s playing his way out of town

  7. Scully says:

    I’d like to say that none of us think that The King is anywhere near an age-related decline, so as Cam Talbot continues to prove he’s not only an NHL-calibar goalie, but thanks to great positioning, good reflexes, confident punk handling skills, and being mentored by the best goalie in hockey, he’s going to prove he’s an NHL star in the making.

    With that being said, thanks to King Henrik, I CAN’T WAIT for us to trade Talbot for a super sniper, a true offensive defenseman, or a great package of guys that will help us win multiple cups haha. That’s a high compliment to Cam Talbot honestly.

    • RyanK says:

      I think we need to hold on to Talbot. In the past, one of the scariest scenarios was Lundqvist suffering a serious injury. Now that we have a back who can play, it’s not nearly as much of an issue.