Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers and Darcy Kuemper of the Arizona Coyotes each recorded shutouts on Sunday. Talbot, who is from Caledonia, Ontario, helped the Oilers shutout the Anaheim Ducks 4-0, and Kuemper, who is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, helped the Coyotes shutout the New York Rangers 5-0.
In the Oilers win over the Ducks, Talbot made 39 saves for his first shutout of the season and 20th of his National Hockey League career. Twelve of Talbot’s shutouts have come with the Oilers and eight have been with the New York Rangers. In the Oilers win over the Rangers, Talbot made 14 saves in the first period, 17 saves in the second period and eight saves in the third period.
Connor McDavid of Richmond Hill, Ontario scored the game winning goal for the Oilers at 12:23 of the first period from Zack Kassian of Windsor, Ontario and Caleb Jones. A rookie defenseman, Jones was one of two Oilers to record two assists. The other was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of Burnaby, British Columbia. Meanwhile, Kyle Bodziak of St. Paul, Alberta also scored for the Oilers.
With the shutout, Talbot improves to eight wins, 11 regulation losses and two losses in extra time. He has a goals against average of 3.08 and a save percentage of .899. It was also a massive win for the Oilers, as they moved to within two points of a playoff spot.
Meanwhile, Kuemper made five saves in the first period, and nine saves each in the second and third period for 23 saves overall. It was Kuemper’s first shutout of the season and 12th of his NHL career. He has previously recorded seven shutouts with the Minnesota Wild, three with the Los Angeles Kings and this is now his second with the Coyotes. Kuemper improves to six wins, 11 regulation losses and three overtime losses, a goals against average of 2.69 and a save percentage of .914.