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Rookie goaltender Cam Talbot and the New York Rangers snapped the Nashville Predators' three-game win streak Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. Sloppy offensive play and costly turnovers by Nashville cost them the game. The Predators were doubled in shots, 34-17.
Ryan McDonagh's goal 13:13 in the second period that finally opened up the scoring was due to failed clearing attempts by the Predators. With the defense scrambling a bit, Dan Girardi's shot lane from the blue line was wide open with just McDonagh standing at the hashmarks awaiting the game-winning deflection.
Derek Stepan gave highly-touted American defenseman Seth Jones a reality check, making him look like a rookie. Entering the neutral zone, Stepan poke checked the puck away from Jones and passed to Mats Zuccarello to generate a two-on-one. Zuccarello's eyes deceived Marek Mazanec as he was unprepared for the pass to Stepan, who scored over Mazanec's blocker at 7:45 in the 3rd.
Predators' captain Shea Weber could have equalized the game if the net was a tad bigger. Twice Weber hit the iron in dying minutes of the third period. Putting both, or at least one, would have changed the game.
Talbot stopped all seventeen shots thrown at him, giving him his second consecutive shutout for the Rangers. On November 16, the University of Alabama-Huntsville product stopped twenty-two in to shutout the Montreal Canadiens. Talbot also made Nashville the league-leader in shutouts against at five. His record now improves to 5-1-0 with the Rangers' 2-0 victory.no comments