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Cam Talbot to get third straight start for New York Rangers

For the third straight game, Cam Talbot will get the start for the New York Rangers. Or rather, for the third consecutive contest, Henrik Lundqvist will be riding the pine. When Talbot got his second nod from head coach Alain Vigneault prior to the holiday break, pundits jumped at the chance to label the situation as a goaltending controversy.

Benching the goalie formally known as “King” again isn’t likely to silence those rumblings. If anything, the move will cause even more chatter about what is going on in New York.

Larry Brooks of The New York Post broke down the recent string of events recently, and wrote the following:

The Blueshirts were 1-4-2 through the first seven games of the homestand with Lundqvist in net. They concluded it with consecutive victories behind Talbot, who has surrendered two goals or fewer in nine of his first 10 NHL starts and is unflappable.

Why, he barely batted an eye after an inscrutable officiating decision by referee Jean Hebert handed the Leafs the tying goal with 1:24 to go in the third, though the puck had obviously been trapped under Talbot’s left pad for more than a second without the whistle blowing.

It doesn’t get much more clear-cut than that. There’s no denying at this point that—for whatever reason—the Rangers simply play better hockey when Talbot is in goal. While this decision to bench Lundqvist for the third straight time might not have any long-lasting effects, what happens if the trend continues and New York slowly climbs back into the playoff race once again?

Perhaps Alain Vigneault left one goalie controversy behind in Vancouver, only to find another one in the Big Apple.

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