Talbot stopped 27 of 28 shots in Saturday's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Sharks. Talbot was great all series and it was no different Saturday. Aside from a blowout loss in Game 4, Talbot frustrated the Sharks with his poise and strong positional goaltending to help the Oilers advance to Round 2. He's built off a remarkable regular season and been a force for an Edmonton squad known for its long history of goaltending problems. While he was snubbed for a Vezina Trophy nomination, Talbot is playing fantastic right now and will give the Ducks all kinds of problems in the next round.
Talbot will be between the pipes Saturday in San Jose, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports. Talbot was able to put a brutal showing in Game 4 behind him in order to rally to a win Thursday, stopping 27 of 30 shots faced. Now, the Oilers have an opportunity to put the series away with a win, and Talbot will be the one to help them do it. In five playoff games, he has a .920 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA with two shutouts. He will face plenty of action in Game 6, but his inconsistencies make him a high-risk, high-reward DFS pick.
Talbot will face pucks from the Sharks on Thursday night, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. To say that Talbot got lit up in Game 4 would be a massive understatement: Cam the Man's 9.38 GAA in that contest was his worst figure in a single game all season, with the .792 save percentage ranking sixth-worst. That said, the 29-year-old is coming off a huge campaign and will have a good chance to bounce back after posting a .923 save percentage and 2.32 GAA within the confines of Rogers Place this season.
Talbot was pulled after allowing five goals on 24 shots in Tuesday's 7-0 Game 4 loss to San Jose. Laurent Brossoit gave up two more goals on eight shots over the final 27:08 after replacing Talbot. All of the momentum from Talbot's back-to-back shutouts has been erased, as this series will head back to Edmonton all knotted at two games apiece. San Jose's 4-for-8 performance on the power play will encourage the Oilers to stay out of the box moving forward after some boneheaded infractions cost them dearly in this one.
Talbot will start Tuesday's Game 4 matchup in San Jose, the Edmonton Journal reports. The Edmonton defense has really stepped up in the last two games, allowing only 39 shots total and making the job significantly easier for its keeper. That said, recording two consecutive shutouts in the playoffs is no easy feat, and Talbot has made all the saves he's needed to en route to giving the Oilers a 2-1 series lead. He's unlikely to get a third straight shutout, but if the Oilers' defense keeps it up and Talbot stays sharp, a third consecutive victory could certainly be in the cards.
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