Wild goalie Talbot, 'in a rhythm,' gets third consecutive start

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Cam Talbot played in back-to-back victories over the Ducks and Kings to start the season on the West Coast.
Cam Talbot wasn't expecting to play Saturday after starting the day before when the Wild began the season.

But a text message Friday night told the goaltender he'd be back in net and by the end of the weekend's West Coast road trip, he and the Wild were 2-0.

"If I'm in a rhythm, just stay in that rhythm," Talbot said. "That's always nice to keep it going on a back-to-back."

Despite getting less work in during training camp than anticipated, Talbot was sharp in his return to the crease where he'll backstop the Wild for his second season as the team's go-to goalie.

"I worked my butt off in practice and made sure that I was ready for the drop of the puck," said Talbot, who was back between the pipes Tuesday for the Wild's home opener against the Jets at Xcel Energy Center. "Once the season starts, it counts. The guys need to be able to count on me, so I did everything I could to make myself ready and be as prepared as possible."

After playing half a game in his preseason debut, Talbot logged only one more game in camp — a 3-2 overtime victory against the Blackhawks on Oct. 7 in which Talbot made 27 saves.

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