MATT: My unsung hero goes to Cam Talbot, who was his normal, steady self for the Rangers as he has been since he came up in October. While the score was obviously lopsided in his favor, the two teams exchanged chances early on with the score still close, and Talbot turned aside every puck that was fired at him. The only goal that got through was on a perfect shot by Joffrey Lupul in the second period. Talbot improved his record to 9-3 with a .938 save percentage and a 1.66 goals against average in his first season in the NHL.
JIM: I have two players I thought were real Unsung Heroes Saturday. I am going with Cam Talbot, ultimately, as you did, but Brian Boyle deserves mention here, as well. He was an in-your-face presence all night, standing up to Dion Phaneuf and Colton Orr repeatedly, then was rewarded with power play time and a goal late in the game. Happy for him. However I choose Talbot here because if he does not come up with those saves on the first shift of this game, perhaps there is a different way this game plays out. Calm, cool, collected, and let's not forget focused throughout, Talbot was solid in his ninth win in 12 decisions. He battled even up 5-0 when he made perhaps his two best saves, stretching twice with his right pad to stop goal-mouth shots. The numbers don't lie: 14 appearances, 12 starts, and only two games having allowed two or more goals.