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Cam Talbot Needs Help and the NY Rangers Aren’t Delivering

The NY Rangers have put together an impressive streak with back up goalie Cam Talbot filling in for injured starter Henrik Lundqvist. The only issue is Cam Talbot has been very busy during that streak and it is finally starting to come back to bite New York.

Eight games into starting Lundqvist, Talbot has posted an impressive record of 5-1-2, but if you look at his personal statistics you see a completely different story. He has a 3.10 goals against average and save percentage of .894. Talbot isn’t the one to blame, he is facing too much traffic in front and needs help from his team as a whole. One of the Rangers strong suites, defense, hasn’t been where it needs to be recently. Luckily they are clicking on all cylinders in the offensive department to make up for any defensive lapses, but you can’t always rely on offense.

The Rangers need to place a heavier emphasis on defense and they need to protect their goalie. This is first time in his career that Talbot has been a mainstay as a starting goalie in the National Hockey League. The last thing you want is for him to get rattled, because the team doesn’t have too many options after him. It makes you think, will the Rangers consider pulling up a goalie from their minor league system? Talbot has proven he’s capable, but can he handle being the #1 option for this long? It’ll be interesting to see how things play out!

See the video below for highlights of the Rangers most recent game against the Vancouver Canucks:

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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Bruce Heen

 

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One Potential Record-breaking Ranger

HockeyOn March 14, 2013, Henrik Lundqvist, the goalie for the New York Rangers hockey team, tied Mike Richter’s franchise record of 301 regular season wins by helping to maintain the team’s 4 – 2 lead during the Friday night game.  However, after stopping 30 shots total during the game, Lundqvist had to commend teammate Carl Hagelin who scored three of the four points during the game that night.

Lundqvist allowed the team’s opponents for the night, the Winnipeg Jets, to score twice in a wide-open first period.  But, the goalie shut Winnipeg down in the second and third periods.  One of the spectacular points in the game occurred when Lundquvist made a left pad save just two minutes before Hagelin finished his hat trick, his third score of the night, off a Brad Richards assist.

Kevin Klein, a third-pair defenseman for the Rangers, also played his best game to date with two assists and multiple blocks of offensive shots.  Still, Alain Vigneault, coach for the Rangers, was disappointed when his biggest lineup change for the calendar year only resulted in 23 total shots on the Jets’ goalies, Ondrej Pavelec and Al Montoya.  However, Vigneault said that he was proud of the team’s performance overall and understands that changes will still need to be made to the lineup.  He said that hockey, as a sport, is all about adapting.

However, for the time being Lundqvist is more than contented by the fact that he has tied Ritcher for the record amount of wins during a season. Just one more win will allow Lundqvist to hold the record-breaking title.  Commenting on his own performance, Lundqvist said, “I’m really excited and proud about it, and I hope I have a lot more to give.”

For more information on the recent game please visit http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/hagelin-hat-trick-helps-rangers-fly-jets-article-1.1722407.

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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Bruce Heen

 

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