MONTREAL – Cam Talbot grew up as a fan of Montreal Canadiens goaltending star Patrick Roy.
And in his first game at the Bell Centre, the 26-year-old played a lot like Roy as he made 22 saves to earn his NHL shutout in the New York Rangers’ 1-0 victory over the Canadiens on Saturday night.
“I always idolized Patrick Roy so to do it in a building like this and on a stage like this, and to see his number up in the rafters, was an unbelievable feeling,” the Caledonia, Ontario, native said.
Captain Ryan Callahan ended the Rangers’ four-year goal drought in Montreal when he got his sixth of the season on a second-period power play for New York, which has won eight of its past 11 games.
It wasn’t the only mark of futility that ended for the Rangers on their visit to their old Original Six rival.
Talbot, playing his fifth NHL game, became the first Rangers goalie to earn a shutout in Montreal since Ed Giacomin in a 5-0 win on Feb. 25, 1967 at the old Forum.
“It means quite a bit to me,” said Talbot, 4-1-0 as an NHL goalie. “He and Mike Richter are two of the greatest Ranger goalies of all time, so to hear my name mentioned alongside his is pretty surreal, to be honest.”
The Canadiens were coming off a 3-2 shootout win in Columbus on Friday night and spent most of the game a step behind the Rangers, who played the first of back-to-back games before playing Los Angeles at home on Sunday.
The Rangers had a 34-22 edge in shots, and may have won by more had Carey Price not been outstanding in the Montreal net.
“It’s a game of inches,” said Montreal coach Michel Therrien, whose team has scored only 18 times in its past 11 games. “They capitalized on the power play and we had chances on ours and didn’t capitalize.
“We worked, and if we keep working like that good things are going to happen.”
Callahan broke the Rangers’ Bell Centre drought just as a two-man advantage ended as he tipped Brad Richards’ blast from the left circle past Price 5:25 into the second period.
The Canadiens went into the game with four straight shutouts against New York, including a 2-0 win Oct. 28 with Peter Budaj in goal. Price had blanked the Rangers the past four times he faced them at the Bell Centre and lost at home to them for the first time in eight meetings.
Montreal was 7-0-1 at home against New York and had outscored them 25-3 since a 4-3 loss in March 2009.
“We were well aware of it,” Callahan said. “We came in and had a good road game.
“We got a good start and carried it through, and Talbot was unbelievable.”
Devils 4, Penguins 1
In Newark, New Jersey, Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and Martin Brodeur made 27 saves to lead the Devils over Pittsburgh.
Andy Greene and Adam Larsson also scored for New Jersey, which has won three of its past five.
Blues 4, Hurricanes 2
In St. Louis, Alexander Steen scored his league-leading 17th goal and also added an assist to lead the Blues over Carolina.
Steen extended his scoring streak to 13 games, the longest for a Blue since Pierre Turgeon had a 15-game streak in 1999-2000.
Predators 7, Blackhawks 2
In Nashville, rookie Marek Mazanec made 39 saves for his first NHL victory and the Predators stopped Chicago’s four-game winning streak.
Panthers 4, Avalanche 1
In Denver, Tim Thomas made 32 saves for his 200th NHL victory and Brian Campbell had a goal and an assist in Florida’s win over Colorado.
Islanders 5, Red Wings 4 (SO)
In Uniondale, New York, Kevin Poulin stopped all three Detroit skaters in the shootout after coming on in relief, and the Islanders outlasted the reeling Red Wings.
Oilers 4, Flames 2
In Calgary, David Perron scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Edmonton rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit.
Maple Leafs 4, Sabres 2
In Toronto, James van Riemsdyk scored twice, Nikolai Kulemin got the winner and the Maple Leafs snapped a three-game skid by beating Buffalo.
Coyotes 6, Lightning 3
In Glendale, Arizona, Martin Hanzal had a goal and three assists, Lauri Korpikoski added a goal and two assists and Phoenix handed Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay its first loss in eight games against Western Conference teams this season.