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Talbot gets second straight start over King Henrik

Dec 23, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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Cam Talbot will make his second straight start in the Rangers’ net tonight at home to Toronto, the 26-year-old receiving the nod once again over struggling Henrik Lundqvist.

The difference in numbers between the two goalies is a stark one — Talbot is 7-2-0 with a .936 save percentage; Lundqvist is 10-15-2 with a .905 save rate.

“The way he’s playing, and we got a big win yesterday, I kind of expected it,” Lundqvist said of coach Alain Vigneault’s decision, per Newsday. “It’s about winning, this team getting points and he’s doing really well. I have to push myself to be a little bit better to help the team get points here.”

Yesterday, Talbot stopped 24 of 25 shots in a 4-1 win over Minnesota. And, of course, his solid play comes not long after Lundqvist signed a big seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension.

For now, Lundqvist is “just trying to work hard and stay positive.” But staying positive hasn’t been easy this December, during which his save percentage has been a lowly .874.

The Rangers are in Washington Friday for their first game after the Christmas break. If Talbot plays well and wins again tonight, will he get a third straight start?

  1. 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    What happened to “The King” LOL!!

    No records.
    No cups.

    King, my big fat hairy buttocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      oh, and congrats to Talbot. He looks solid. Too bad he can’t stay in NY because Lundqvist just did his Bernie Maddoff impersonation and conned Sather to invest $59,000,000 in a shell of his former self

    • bwayblueshirt - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      He’s certainly not playing his best, but the team has played much better in front of Talbot than Hank. I think they got used too him cleaning up after them, and are playing harder because they don’t have as much faith in the rookie. Certainly though, the King would be better off spending Christmas with Benoit Alaire than under a mistletoe.

      • 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        That’s the dumbest excuse. How about “Henrik Lundqvist just isn’t as good without 5 other shotblockers protecting him.”

        As if the team forgets how to shoot a puck when Lundqvist is playing. Is Cam Talbot the skating coach on his off days? It must be that.

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Wow, if they had only waited a week or two to sign that contract… How didn’t they see this coming? He wasn’t playing that well leading up to this at all, and now? What happens is Talbot is playing so well you can’t fathom putting Lundqvist back in?

    Lets put this is context- The most expensive goalie in the league is sitting on the bench, less than a month after signing the contract that made him the highest paid goalie in the league.

    Maybe he should call Roberto to ask what this will be like. Although if I hear any “My contract sucks”. remarks out of Henrik I’ll lose all respect for this guy. That contract guarantees you money that you may not end up deserving.

    • cofran2004 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      You play the hot hand, no matter how much he’s making. I have faith that henrik will get this turned around. i have to… they’re paying him way too much for me not to. Until then, I’m grateful that Cam is having the coming-out party that he is. If it weren’t for whats-’is-name out wast of the 9-0 record, cam would be getting a LOT more attention.

      • cofran2004 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        west**

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Well, yeah Martin Jones is kind of destroying every goals chance for attention right now..

      I get it. I get it on all sides. I get having to sign an extension. I just think the timing is hilarious. Sure, he could turn it around. Chances are he probably will. Its just that until then, this is the speculation they’ll have to deal with. Good for Cam, I’d stick with the hot hand too.

  3. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Cam gives the NYR the best chance to win.

    All the critics were saying this guy was overrated due to Torts system and his exploitation of the equipment rules. Being able to sit so far back in the net and still take away the angles was beyond ridiculous. Especially on a goalie who isn’t even all that big of frame to begin with. Glad they changed such nonsense. It’s turning out that the critics were right.

    Henry has been horrid this year without 5 goalies in front of him and his Stay Puft costume.

    • DED - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      I hate agreeing with you because you typically come across as a Ranger-hating troll, but the way this season has gone for Lundqvist I don’t have a leg to stand on to argue with you. I have seen way too many soft goals go in this year that might’ve been stopped with the previous year’s equipment. Not having seen a picture of the equipment side-by-side, I can’t say with any certainty. And it’s not like the team is shot blocking for Talbot but not Lundqvist. What I can say is that the way things are going, and unless Lundqvist can turn things around, this is looking like the worst goalie contract signing since DiPietro for the Islanders.

      • 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        The softest goal had to be Ryan Carter’s go ahead goal in MSG with 46 seconds left in the 2nd period. AV criticized Lundqvist for it, but at the same time, he held back a ton!

  4. xdj511 - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Oh! Oh! Oh! Goalie controversy!

  5. harpdog - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    I see a pattern here. V did the same thing in Vancouver and he not only messed up the chemistry of the team but unjustly, just like with Lunquist, took the confidence away from a proven winner instead of blaming his system and the defense and the forwards for not doing their part. Coach V is a coach that does not deserve a good team to coach like the Rangers or the Canucks. I suggest that Lunquist ask for a trade before V screws him up even more

    • 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Sure, he should ask for a trade. I’m sure every team wants a goalie who can’t stop a beachball without 5 other shotblockers and oversized equipment for the bargain low price of $59,000,000. Not to mention his first year pay of $19,000,000.

      It should be a no-brainer to trade for him. Teams will line up throwing in 1st round picks as well as top prospects.

  6. DED - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    And here I thought that the Rangers were merely resting Lundqvist because the team was playing back-to-back games.

  7. steelers88 - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I think that it was stupid for the Rangers to resign King Henrik. I mean teams that usually build their team around a star goalie don’t usually win the Stanley Cup. You really don’t need a star goalie to win the Cup, all you need is decent scoring and and good defense. All you need is an average goalie to win the Stanley Cup. Henrik Lundqvist is 31 and his not getting any younger.

  8. sportsfan69 - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Steelers88,

    That’s makes way to much common sense. Glenn “the Old Man” Sather is the moron that resigned Henrik Lundqvist to that multi-year contact for 7 years – $59 million dollars. Henrik Lundqvist contract will be become the worst ever NHL contract signed by a player of all time. Lundqvist makes Roberto Luongo’s contract look like a bargain. Henrik Lundqvist will be forever be the butt-end of Hockey jokes. NYR fans should reach out to him for money. It’s like not he deserves it. What a joke.

  9. nicknyhc - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    I love how all the Henrik haters have Devils/Penguins screen names or are known rival team Ranger hating trolls.

    Last year in the Rangers/Caps playoff series the same guys were on here ranting and raving about how Lundqvist was the Rangers entire team and the only reason they made the playoffs. Now its Lundqvist sucks and the Rangers made a mistake with his contract.

    Oh and, its funny how the same guys hating right now were all caught up in the Lundqvist “what if he walks as a free agent” debacle. All of you wanted him on your team two months ago.

    The Rangers team D has been atrocious at times. Allowing 15 good scoring chances and Hank would stop 12. They really have played better in front of Cam for whatever reason.

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