There was probably no player less likely to get into a fight on Saturday night than Calgary Flames goalie Cam Talbot.
Beginning the game on the bench, as David Rittich’s backup, Talbot was thrust into action during the second period against the Edmonton Oilers.
Well, one thing led to another, and before he knew it, Talbot was going toe-to-toe with Mike Smith in a rare goalie fight.
“It was awesome,” said Flames captain Mark Giordano. “Everyone loves a good goalie fight.”
One person who didn’t enjoy the tilt was Talbot’s wife, as he explained (courtesy of the Flames’ website):
“[My wife] was not happy with me after the game,” Talbot said. “She drove to the game and after that happened, I had to drive her car home. She ended up having a couple of drinks to try and settle herself down, she was so mad. Had a glass of wine and I had to drive her car home.”
It’s hard to blame her, as even Talbot figured he was going to have a tough time with Smith, who is 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds.
“[Smith’s] a big boy so I knew it wasn’t really going to work out well for me,” Talbot told reporters on Monday. “It was just one of those things where I just felt like I needed to do it.”
Talbot, who played with the Oilers last season, said he heard from some ex-teammates that Smith respected him for accepting the challenge at centre ice.
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