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Talbot notches second straight shutout in Nashville

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

Photo by John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images

How about that Cam Talbot? First he backstops the Rangers to their first win in Montreal since 2009 and their first shutout in Montreal in about 50 years. Then, he comes into Nashville and shuts them out too. When you throw in a third period blanking in Columbus, the “rookie” (he doesn’t qualify as a rookie since he is 27) has a shutout streak of over 140 minutes. I think the exact number is 146:28. That’s impressive.

As for the rest of the team, this game was never really in doubt. The Rangers dominated puck possession all night, and while Marek Maznec was great in net, he was victimized by one defensive breakdown and one turnover. The Rangers did a good job of not letting Nashville get into an offensive groove as well.

On to the goals:

Rangers 1, Preds 0

Four yellow jerseys watching the puck.

Four yellow jerseys watching the puck.

Ryan McDonagh made a good pinch to keep the offensive zone and get the puck to Chris Kreider behind the net. Kreider moved the puck to Mats Zuccarello at the boards, who hit Dan Girardi at the point for an uncontested shot. While all this was happening, McDonagh circled to the front of the net, where no one tied him up. He had a clear look and deflection on Girardi’s shot.

Rangers 2, Preds 0

Sorry, I couldn’t get a good picture on this goal.

Derek Stepan simply forced a neutral zone turnover, where Zuccarello picked up the loose puck for a 2-on-1 break with Stepan. Zucc made a perfect pass and Stepan had an empty net.

Fenwick Chart:

Courtesy of Extra Skater

Courtesy of Extra Skater

The Rangers had control of the puck possession game from the initial drop of the puck. The Preds eventually climbed close to the Rangers at the end of the first courtesy of a powerplay (remember: the image is FF% for all situations, not just 5v5), but the Rangers just ran away with it in the second and third periods. That seems to be a trend with this team: Weather the early storm, and take control late in the game.

This was, if nothing else, a solid team win. With away games coming up on Monday (Tampa), Wednesday (Florida), and Friday (Boston), the Rangers ability to play well in wins and losses is going to be vital. And that could be one of the more critical things we’ve noticed this year. When the Rangers win, they look good. But even when they lose, they aren’t getting blown away often.

11 Responses to “Talbot notches second straight shutout in Nashville”

  1. Chris F says:

    6 straight road victories.

  2. Bloomer says:

    Another great performance by the Zukeman who is deserving of 1st star. Not only was he back checking hard and killing penalties, he picked up 2 helpers. On the 2-1 breakaway he had both the Nashville defender and goalie thinking shot when he slid the puck over to Stephan.

    The Dorsett, Boyle and Moore line is a monster as they cycle the puck and pounded the Nashville defence.

    Talbot played well but team defence was very good too as the Rangers clogged the neutral ice and impeded Nashville from creating quality scoring chances.

  3. Gary says:

    Brandon Who? Just kidding, I still miss Prust. But now I don’t think I’d trade Dorsett for Prust even up, all things being equal. Agree on Boyle, Moore and DD.

    Good team D and 2 solid goalies. Also, I think that the lack of scoring ability is over stated. So much of that is due to having their best O player out most of the year and Callahan and Hags out for a good share of it.

    Like MZA, a lot. Can he keep this compete up all year? I wouldn’t really touch this team and that includes MDZ. I’d like to keep this D and eventually add some grit to it, not subtract from it.

    Team looks solid, but has to grow into itself, which it does not look to have fully done yet.

    • Bloomer says:

      Yeah MDZ bobbled the puck at the blue line on the PP creating a scoring chance for the Pred, but he still makes a lot of good plays. He made several very nice tape on tape outlet passes to his forwards who were skating at full tilt. The diagonal pass he made when he sprung Zukeman loose was exceptional. I wouldn’t move Del Zotto unless a team made an offer the Rangers couldn’t refuse.

  4. Mikeyyy says:

    Nice game.

    Total protonic reversal.

  5. Old Fogey says:

    Zucc’s passing is golden 90% of the time…

  6. Walt says:

    Hank who?????

    Just kidding, but this Talbot kid is very impressive. I wonder if the team plays better D for him than they do for Hank???? It appears that way, but then I could be wrong.

    Tx Ranger, did I mention that Pouliot sucks big time??? If not, he does!!

    The second goal was a beauty, Zucc is clicking well with Step. McD played one heck of a game as well.

  7. Tim B says:

    Talbot reminds me of Holtby from a few years ago. Holtby was a rookie an started every playoff game. Remember he played very well against us 2 years back. Eventually became the starter as Neuvirth is now the backup. No chance Hank leaves but if Talbot continues to build his value than one of two things can happen

    Talbot is traded in offseason for something as he shows he is ready to play every day or he is Hanks backup for a few years until he wins the starting job.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      Talbot’s an UFA after next season.

    • Justin says:

      I don’t think Talbot has nearly the ceiling Holtby does. Holtby has elite athleticism and mobility. Talbot could end up being very good, I just wouldn’t want to saddle him with an unfair comparison.

      Barring a major collapse in play, I’m beginning to think Talbot could start down the line. His contract situation will be interesting to keep an eye on.

  8. Lou says:

    Excellent team win.

    Highlights…Zuc outstanding, Stepan looked good, McD was a monster, and Stralman looks very very solid. Best game of season for DMoore.

    Lowlights…MDZ cant play the point, he cant shoot and his claim to fame stretch pass misses much more than connects. The reason for the stretch pass is he doesnt skate and is slow afoot. He has to go.

    Pouliot..its no wonder why he has traveled around; its Zherdev without the scoring – gotta go.

    Thought Boyle played weak game after getting blasted into boards. He needs to step up.

    Good team effort but sorely missing power forward and bruiser Dman!