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Talbot turned the tide with tussle

Saturday, 04.25.2009 / 7:57 PM / 2009 Playoffs Conference Quarterfinals

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Maxime Talbot isn't the toughest player in the League, but his game is about playing fearless and doing whatever it takes to spark his team. In Game 6 of the Pens' first-round playoff series with the Flyers, that meant dropping the gloves and fighting two-time League penalty minute leader Daniel Carcillo.

Carcillo ended up on top in the fight, but the bout certainly inspired the Penguins; just 14 seconds after the brawl, Ruslan Fedotenko scored Pittsburgh's first goal to start their comeback from a 3-0 deficit.

Talbot was part of the reason for that deficit, as his defensive-zone turnover resulted in the game's first goal.

"I wasn't happy with the mistake I made in the first, so I had to do something to get it back," said Talbot. "I thought it was a good way to do it."

"He felt bad about the turnover, but nobody was mad at him," said Bill Guerin. "That's happened to everybody in this room at some point in time in their career. You learn a lot about a guy in how he responds to a tough situation and Max really stepped up for us.

"I think he just sent a message to our team that we wouldn't give up."






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