Cam Talbot named first star of the week by NHL
“Talbot went 3-0-0 with a 0.65 goals-against average, .981 save percentage and one shutout to backstop the Oilers (26-35-7, 59 points) to three wins in four contests. He turned aside 31 of 32 shots in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Buffalo Sabres March 1. Talbot then stopped all 35 shots he faced for his 10th career shutout – and third against the Philadelphia Flyers – in a 4-0 triumph March 3. He closed the week with 39 saves in a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets March 6.
The 28-year-old Caledonia, Ont., native has compiled 16 victories with a 2.51 goals-against average, .919 save percentage and two shutouts in 45 appearances this season. That includes a four-game winning streak during which he has yielded one or fewer goals in each contest.”
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The HockeyFanLand Insight
It looks as though the Edmonton Oilers may have finally found a number one goalie, something the club has not had for almost a decade. When Cam Talbot first arrived in Edmonton, I have to admit, I was not sold that he could be “The Guy” after being a career backup to Henrik Lundqvist, arguably the best goalie in the world.
One thing that cannot be argued, however, is the fact that Talbot’s numbers have been considerably better than most Edmonton Oilers goalies in the past decade. Last year, Talbot posted a mark of 21-9-4 with the New York Rangers. As I said, I was skeptical as to whether or not Talbot could be a starter. Things got off to a rocky start in Edmonton. Early on, it seemed as though Talbot was allowing at least one “soft goal” per game. But boy am I glad the organization had faith in Talbot. He has certainly turned things around…
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