Talbot gets nod in goal again for Rangers

The Associated PressDecember 23, 2013
Talbot gets nod in goal again for Rangers
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New York Islanders' Michael Grabner (40) shoots the puck past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) to score in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Cam Talbot is getting his second straight start in goal for the New York Rangers, ahead of No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist.

Talbot stopped 24 of 25 shots Sunday in a 4-1 win over Minnesota in his first start since Dec. 2 and was tabbed by coach Alain Vigneault to face the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

Vigneault says he felt Cam played a real good game and just decided to go with him. He also cited a stretch of four games in six nights for New York.

The 26-year-old Talbot is 7-2 with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage in 11 games in his first NHL season.

Lundqvist has struggled since signing a long contract extension, going 2-4-2 while making eight consecutive starts.