Cam Talbot records his 30th career NHL shutout

Cam Talbot (Chris Rutsch, Wikimedia Commons)

Cam Talbot of Caledonia, Ontario recorded his 30th National Hockey League shutout on Thursday. He accomplished the feat in a 4-0 Los Angeles Kings win over the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. With the win, the Kings set a NHL record in winning 11 straight games to start the season.

Talbot made 24 saves overall in the contest. He made 13 saves in the first period, seven saves in the second period, and four saves in the third period. Defenseman Kaiden Guhle of Edmonton, Alberta and Cole Caufield led the Canadiens with three shots on goal each.

Two Canadians scored for the Kings and had a multi-point game. Quinton Byfield of Newmarket, Ontario had two goals and one assist for three points, and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Drew Doughty of London, Ontario had one goal and one assist for two points. Doughty won a gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

In 2023-24, Talbot has a record of 12 wins, four regulation losses, and one loss in extra time. He has a goals against average of 1.84 and a save percentage of .933. The 1.84 goals against average is the best in the NHL.

Talbot’s prior shutout this season came in a 5-0 Kings win over the Philadelphia Flyers on November 4. Of Talbot’s 30 NHL shutouts, 12 have come with the Edmonton Oilers, eight with the New York Rangers, five with the Minnesota Wild, two each with the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings, and one with the Ottawa Senators.

With the win, the Kings improve to a record of 16 wins, four regulation losses, and three losses in extra time for 35 points. They are in second place in the Pacific Division, and four points back oft the division leading Vegas Golden Knights.

 

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