NHL Scores: Talbot struggles in loss to Jets; Harding shuts out Flyers

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So much for that goaltender controversy in New York. Elsewhere, the Flyers were shut out by Josh Harding and the Minnesota Wild.

It was big news on Monday when Cam Talbot made his second straight start for the New York Rangers.

Based on the 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets unfolded it's a good bet that he won't be in the crease when the Rangers take the ice for their next game.

Talbot surrendered four goals on 29 shots (the Jets' fifth goal was an empty net goal) to take his second loss of the season, and end any discussion about a goaltending controversy in New York. The loss continued the Rangers' recent trend of alternating wins and losses and keeps them at the .500 mark for the season.

"Is this a .500 hockey club? We're certainly playing like one right now," coach Alain Vigneault said after the loss, which keeps the Rangers in the third spot of the Metropolitan Division. The best thing going for them right now as they continue to fight through this stretch of mediocrity is the Flyers and Devils also lost on Monday, with the Flyers getting blanked by Josh Harding in Minnesota, and the Devils getting stopped by P.K. Subban and the Canadiens.

All the NHL Scores

Jets 5, Rangers 2

Canadiens 3, Devils 2

Wild 2, Flyers 0

Kings 3, Blues 2

Five Questions

On Monday we asked you five burning questions about the days games. These are your cool, soothing answers.

1. How will Cam Talbot perform against the Winnipeg Jets?

Not well. Talbot surrendered four goals on 29 shots and did not seem to be sharp, especially in the third period, when Olli Jokinen scored a pair of goals to break what had been a 2-2 tie.

2. Goaltender duel in Minnesota?

Sort of. For two periods the game was scoreless but that had more to do with the fact neither team could generate anything offensively than anything the goalies were doing in net. Ray Emery and Josh Harding had a couple of nice saves along the way, but this was game had more to do with the combination of good team defense and bad offense. Minnesota finally found some offense early in the third period when Jason Pominville and Charlie Coyle scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart. That was the offense for the night.

3. Will the New Jersey Devils take over possession of third place in the Metropolitan Division?

With the Rangers losing to Winnipeg the Devils had a chance to jump back into the third spot with a win Montreal, and they probably played well enough to do that, but as has been the case most of the past two seasons puck luck just was not on their side. That was mostly because Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was taking away goals. Two of them, to be exact.

4. Will the Montreal Canadiens score three goals or more against the Devils?

The Canadiens put three behind Martin Brodeur, including Alex Galchenyuk's game-winning goal mid-way through the third period. It is the sixth time in the past seven games the Canadiens have scored at least three goals.

5. Will the Los Angeles Kings pick up where they left off against the St. Louis Blues?

The Kings continued their recent success against the Blues with a 3-2 win as Tyler Toffoli scored a pair of goals  in the win. Including playoffs, where Los Angeles has knocked the Blues out in each of the past two seasons, the Kings are now 15-3 against the Blues since the start of the 2011-12 season.

Impact Moment
The one play or moment from Monday that will be making headlines over the next couple of days.

If there is still any lingering debate as to whether or not Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban is worthy of the Canadian Olympic team, it should probably end. The guy is one of the best players in the NHL and everything good about his game was on display during the Canadiens' 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils on Monday. Not only did he add his 20th assist of the season in the win, he also prevented two Devils goals with some stick work along the goal line. In a one-goal game, that is obviously a pretty big deal. So much for all of that defensive liability talk that gets thrown around.

Stat of the Night

Are the Los Angeles Kings missing starting goaltender Jonathan Quick? Not at all. After their 3-2 win on Monday the Kings have allowed just 15 goals in 10 games since Quick went out of the lineup with an injury. The only time they've allowed more than two goals over that stretch was a 3-2 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks, and even then the third "goal" was the shootout tally the Sharks registered. Impressive team.

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