Don't forget about Max Talbot
Lost in the shuffle of all the excitement that was the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon showdown against the Boston Bruins was the play of Maxime Talbot.
After the team allowed the Burins to score 50 seconds into the game, it was Talbot who brought the Flyers back just moments later.
The play began with a homerun outlet pass from Kimmo Timonen from the defensive zone.
The pass led Talbot into the Boston zone where he collected the puck and waited for a play to develop. With Nathan Horton on top of him, Talbot calmly cradled the puck, side stepped Horton and threw a pass into the slot intended for a driving Jakub Voracek.
Instead of finding Voracek, the puck found Dennis Seidenberg and bounced into the net.
For a player who is better known for the tougher elements of the game, it was fairly impressive to see Talbot slow the game down, wait for a play and then react accordingly.
While the result may not have been his initial intent, his desire was to tie the game. He ultimately did that.
Not to mention that it wasn’t an isolated incident.
After the team gave up two more goals prior to the end of the first, gained a lead on the back of a Scott Hartnell natural hat trick in the second and then allowed the Bruins to regain the lead in the third, it was Talbot who tied the game once again.
With the Flyers on a power play, Talbot positioned himself directly in front of the Boston goal.
With goaltender Tim Thomas screened, Matt Carle attempted a point shot which Talbot deflected into the goal.
With much of the attention focused on Hartnell’s amazing game (and rightfully so), Talbot’s performance went largely unnoticed.
In the player and coach media availability sessions, no one asked about Talbot’s game. No body even asked Talbot himself about his game.
Obviously, Hartnell stole the spotlight with his goals and Brayden Schenn perked everyone’s attention with his new found interest in the physical dynamics of the game.
However, Talbot scored two goals, two goals which played a huge part in the team coming away with a point.
Even without the goals, his performance was strong.
He made himself present in the physical game, finished checks and even drew a penalty.
When the Flyers had to kill off an early 5-on-3, Talbot played a crucial role in killing the penalties.
Ultimately, Talbot is that kind of character player that the organization talked about adding to the team this offseason.
Much like Wayne Simmonds, Talbot goes out and does the thankless jobs and makes sure to do them well.
He has continually proven that he is the prototypical ‘glue guy’; that type of player that does what needs to be done for the team to succeed.
He takes hits, gives hits and stands up for teammates. His willingness to get dirty is what enables the players around him to collect accolades.
With that being said, Talbot is shaping up to have the most productive season in his career.
He is currently three goals shy of surpassing his career high of 13 and is only four points away from surpassing his career high of 26.
In fact, with his two goals on Sunday he already has more points in 47 games this season (22) then he did in all 82 games last season (21).
While Talbot may never receive the attention he deserves, he has consistently proven that it doesn’t matter to him.
He’ll continue to do what he’s always done, regardless if the goals continue to come.
It's just the kind of player he is.
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