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Rangers goalie Cam Talbot reaches back, robs Capitals star Backstrom in nick of time

The New York Rangers are one of the NHL's hottest teams right now – and one reason why is the stellar play of goalie Cam Talbot, who stole from Capitals star center Nicklas Backstrom what looked to be a sure goal Wednesday.
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The New York Rangers are one of the NHL's hottest teams of late. And that's the case not just because they bulked up at the NHL trade deadline in anticipation of a deep playoff run, but also because they're getting tremendous effort from throughout the lineup – including backup goalie Cam Talbot, who reached behind him Wednesday night against Washington to rob Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom of what looked like a sure goal.

The 27-year-old Backstrom took a brilliant cross-crease pass from right winger Joel Ward for the host Caps and had a wide-open Rangers net to shoot at, but not for long; the 27-year-old Talbot stretched back toward the goal line and caught the puck at the last moment:

(video via streamable.com and Reddit user IAmARedditorAMA)

Talbot stopped 28 of 29 Washington shots to lead the Rangers to a 3-1 victory and bump his record to 16-6-4. In his seven games prior to Wednesday's action, Talbot had posted a save percentage of .925 or higher six times and was named the NHL's third star of the week for the week ending March 8. Nobody doubts star Henrik Lundqvist will be back in the Rangers' net as soon as he's healthy, but the Blueshirts are still jockeying for the best possible post-season berth and Talbot's solid performance is proving to be a significant help in that regard.

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