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Facing stacked odds, Talbut's debut with Flames deserved better fate

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14.10.2019

SAN JOSE – The odds couldn’t have been more stacked against Cam Talbot from the start.

Devoid of action since his final pre-season start 17 days earlier, the 32-year-old netminder was summoned for his Flames debut in the most hostile of environs.

Playing in a notoriously tough building against a desperate Sharks club, the ask was that Talbot chip off the rust to backstop a bunch that had its work ethic questioned by the coach a night earlier in Vegas.

Oh, and to ramp up the emotion of the hosts, it was Patrick Marleau 2.0 Night, as the 40-year-old legend had his homecoming in teal.

Gulp.

Who, then, could have been surprised when the Sharks’ first shot on net found its way to the very back of it?

It was a theme of Talbot’s a year ago in Edmonton where the Flames reclamation project often struggled early.

Fact is, this one wasn’t on him at all – the first goal or the game.

A fluky deflection off the toe of net-front Timo Meier three minutes in was followed by a rocket from a streaking Kevin Labanc at the faceoff dot that had the hosts up 2-0 by the ten-minute mark.

Neither could be........

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