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Friday, December 3, 2021

Wilde is grateful to goalkeeper Cam Talbot and the sense of calm he provides.

When the dust settled on Wednesday after beating the New Jersey Devils, it seemed right that Wild goalkeeper Cam Talbot was at the center of the party. Standing on his head throughout the game, Talbot stopped the shootout attempt by the Devils center Yegor Sharangovich and secured the victory.

“We loved our goalkeeper,” Wild coach Dean Evason said after the match. “If he doesn’t do what he does, then that’s a whole different story.”

It would be surprising if it wasn’t so predictable.

On a chaotic night – Wild stuck in traffic in New York and arriving at Prudential Center so late that the NHL actually had to postpone the start time – Talbot provided a sense of calm between the pipes. Just like he has been doing since he arrived in the Twin Cities.

“He was great,” said striker Marcus Foligno. “He played incredibly the whole game and that was a big reason why we obviously won that hockey game. It’s him. He doesn’t bother too much. He’s kind of the face of our team when it comes to staying afloat. He played great tonight. ”

Never mind that Talbot didn’t get through his pre-game routine. He usually starts his evenings with a warm-up on the bike, followed by some activating exercises and finally stretching with assistant athletic trainer Travis Green.

“There was no time for all of this,” Talbot said. “It was pretty much getting dressed, putting on a golf club and putting on pads.”

How did he get used to it so quickly?

“I just tried to get in here and not think about anything, just go out and control what I can control,” Talbot said. “That’s all I can do in a game like this. It was my way of thinking and I feel like I was able to realize it. ”

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No surprise to his teammates. They’ve gotten used to expecting this kind of performance from Talbot in the last couple of seasons.

“He’s a pro,” said center Niko Sturm. “As a goalkeeper, you can say I’m sure that groin, hips, he would like a little more warm-up before the game. But he’s one of the most popular guys on the team, so I wasn’t surprised. ”

When asked about his overall performance this season, Talbot admitted that his performance is not quite what he would like. There is room for improvement when it comes to his 2.87 goals versus average and 0.909 shooting percent. But Talbot also has 10 wins this season, and that’s what he can hang his hat on. In this category, he is second only to Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Jack Campbell (11) and Carolina Hurricanes goalkeeper Frederick Andersen (11).

“I feel like I’m heading in the right direction,” Talbot said. “And the win column is what it is, and this is the most important thing for me and for the team. Every time we win games, numbers don’t matter. I will pick up victories as they come in. That’s all that matters. ”

And while he will be ready for Friday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center, Talbot was keen to spend Thanksgiving with his family.

“It has been exhausting to be away for so many days lately,” he said. “It will be nice to relax at home with children and wife. This is what I am very grateful for from the very beginning. ”

Meanwhile, the Wilds are very grateful to him.

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