Cam Talbot continued his impressive season serving as backup goaltender to Henrik Lundqvist on Thursday night, leading the New York Rangers to a 2-1 defeat of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Talbot stopped 31 shots in the game and nearly had a shutout, only giving up a goal to Peter Regin with just over 11-seconds to play.  Talbot's start allowed extra rest for Lundqvist who played extensive minutes in Olympic competition in Sochi.

Derick Brassard got on the board first for New York, finding his own rebound in the crease and burring the puck behind Chicago netminder Corey Crawford.  After a scoreless second period, Rick Nash was able to recover from having the puck poked off of his stick on a partial break away to force his way back towards the net and beat Crawford stick-side for a 2-0 lead.

Talbot now has 11 wins in his rookie season and has proven to be a worthy backup to Lundqvist. "The difference was our goaltending," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "Cam came up extremely big at key moments, especially at the end."

The Rangers picked up where they left off before the Olympic break and have won six of their last seven contests.  They are currently in second place in the Metropolitan Division and safely in a playoff spot as of now.  Up next, New York plays back to back games on Saturday and Sunday against Philadelphia and Boston.