The New York Rangers’ Top 5 MVPs of the 2014-15 Season

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Mar 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (33) makes a save against Florida Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell (33) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

1) Cam Talbot

On January 31, 2015, all-star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist went down with a ruptured blood vessel in his neck, and was forced by doctors to sit out because of a greatly increased chance of a stroke. The Rangers were 28-15-4 at that point of the season. Enter Cam Talbot, who started 24 of the 26 games between February 3 and March 27, with rookie netminder Mackenzie Skapski earning his first 2 career starts in Buffalo, winning both. During Lundqvist’s absence, Talbot recorded an absurd 17-4-3 record, and propelled the team to the top spot in the NHL. Because of his unbelievable play, he rightfully earned the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, voted by NYR fans as the player who “goes above and beyond the call of duty”. He’s the first goaltender to receive the achievement since Henrik Lundqvist in 2005-06. Without Cam Talbot standing on his head for two months, who knows where the Rangers would be in the standings today.

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