Rangers 4 - Senators 1: Points Per Game

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Rangers Unsung Hero

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MATT: After giving up an early goal in the first period, Cam Talbot settled down and was his steady self for the final 55 minutes. In fact, Talbot didn't allow the Senators much of anything, as he wasn't overly worked despite seeing 16 shots in the final period. Talbot doesn't allow many rebounds, so more often than not, you'll have to be beat him clean to have any success against him. There was a flurry in the third period where he did allow a rebound and Ottawa nearly capitalized, but that was about it in terms of secondary chances against the rookie netminder. With the win, Talbot has hit the 10-win mark and is now 6-0 in Saturday starts, which includes two shutouts. He's undefeated in Canada this season after posting wins in Montreal, Toronto and now Ottawa.

 

JIM: Talbot certainly did settle in after allowing a goal he admitted later he would like to have back. Of course his teammates had a lot to do with that, too, as the Rangers played a stifling defensive game, that is until the third period when Talbot faced 16 shots from a more desperate Sens team. However good Talbot was, I am going with Benoit Pouliot as my Unsung Hero. He played only 13:39 and did not record a shot on goal, but he set a real physical tone by taking the body on every shift, leading the Rangers with six hits. Plain and simple he did the dirty work Saturday and it did not go unnoticed by me. After the game Pouliot told me how he suffered a charley horse in his leg early on in the game, but never missed a shift even though he was still limping from the pain after the contest was over. He did not let that pain get in the way from being the most physical Ranger out there. Benoit Pouliot, most definitely my Rangers Unsung Hero on Saturday.