Could we see the first UAH alumnus to have his name on the Stanley Cup?
The New York Rangers earned a spot in the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday, beating the Montreal Canadiens in six games to claim the Eastern Conference championship.
Cam Talbot (’10), the Rangers’ backup goaltender, could have his name etched in one of sports’ most iconic trophies should the Rangers defeat either the Chicago Blackhawks or Los Angeles Kings in the NHL’s championship series.
Talbot hasn’t seen much ice time during the playoffs. He’s been in two games, both times relieving top goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with the Rangers well behind.
He saw his first postseason action in Game 6 of the first round series at Philadelphia, starting the third period with the Rangers down 4-0. He stopped all five shots he faced as New York went on to lose 5-2.
Talbot made his second relief appearance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final. He entered about halfway through the second with the Rangers down 4-1. New York rallied to tie the game, but Montreal retook the lead and added two third-period goals to win 7-4. Because Talbot allowed the game-winner, he took the loss.
For the playoffs, Talbot has played 46 minutes, allowing two goals on 13 shots for a 2.61 goals against average and an .846 save percentage.
Talbot contributed to the Rangers’ success in the regular season. Talbot played in 21 games (starting 19). He had a 1.64 goals against average, a .941 save percentage, and three shutouts.
UAH represented at worlds: Davide Nicoletti (’10) played for the Italian team at the IIHF World Championships. Nicoletti played in all seven games as Italy finished 1-6 in round-robin group play.
As he was during the Olympic Games in Sochi, Karlis Zirnis (’03) was back behind the bench as an assistant coach with the Latvian team. Latvia was 3-4 in round-robin action.