Cam Talbot records fifth career NHL playoff shutout

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Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot of Caledonia, Ontario picked up his fifth career National Hockey League postseason shutout on Sunday. Talbot made 42 saves as the Wild blanked the Vegas Golden Knights 1-0 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. With the victory, the Wild take a one game to zero series lead in the best-out-of-seven West Division semifinal.

Talbot made 19 saves in the first period, 11 saves in the second period, 10 saves in the third period, and two saves in overtime. Shea Theodore of Langley, British Columbia led the Golden Knights with five shots on goal.

Joel Eriksson Ek of Karlstad, Sweden scored the only goal of the game. It came at 3:20 of the first overtime period from Marcus Foligno of Buffalo, New York, and Jordan Greenway of Canton, New York. Even though Foligno was born in the United States, he is Canadian as he is the son of Mike Foligno of Sudbury, Ontario, who played for the Buffalo Sabres while Marcus was born.

This was Talbot’s first postseason shutout with the Wild. He previously had two playoff shutouts each with the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.

Sunday’s shutout was the most saves Talbot had in a playoff shutout. The previous high was 35 saves in a 2-0 Flames win over the Dallas Stars in game three of the first round of the Western Conference playoff series on August 14, 2020.

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