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Oilers goaltender is 5-0-0 this season a game after allowing 5 or more goals against

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot has a knack for bouncing back.

Per Sportsnet Stats, after Talbot allows five or more goals in a game, he's perfect in his next outing, going 5-0-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

Tweet from @SNstats: #Oilers Cam Talbot allows 5+ goals for 6th time in 2016-17. He is 5-0-0 with a 1.88 GAA and .919 SV% in the following games.

"I think it's just short-term memory," said Talbot. "Just letting it go and focusing on the next one. It helps when we get a day off and kind of reset. Spend a day with the kids and just get away from it. Then today, come in, have a good practice and get ready for tomorrow. I think that helped too."

Rather than playing on his toes the following game, Talbot tries to play with more patience. It's about letting the puck come to him rather than him forcing to handle it.

"I think it's more sitting back for me, not being on my toes," he said. "The other day, maybe after they got the first couple, I hadn't really felt the puck yet, so then I was chasing. I wasn't letting the puck come to me.

"I think that's what happened on the fourth one (Chris Wagner's goal). There's no reason for me to reach there, I can just let it come to me and put it to the corner where instead if I reach, I open up and it goes through."

Talbot knows what to do in those situations going forward.

"That's something that I got to get away from in the game but it's tough in those situations," he said. "When I get a chance to regroup and stuff like that, that's what I focus on; letting the play come to me."

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