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Maxime Talbot
Maxime Talbot
(TAL-buht, MAX-eem)
Number: 25
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 186
Shoots: Left
Born: Feb 11, 1984
Birthplace: Lemoyne, QC, Canada
Hometown: LeMoyne, Quebec
Drafted: PIT / 2002 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 8th (234th overall)
2009-10:  Posted two goals and seven points in 45 games of an injury-plagued season ... Missed the first 21 games of the season while recovering from offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder ... Also missed 10 games with a groin injury ... Key penalty killer averaged 2:06 shorthanded minutes per game ... Totaled 77 hits on the year for an average of 1.71 per game ... Played his 300th career game March 28 vs. Toronto ... Scored his first goal of the year Nov. 28 vs. NY Rangers.

2010 PLAYOFFS:  Notched six points (2+4) in 13 games ... Scored a game-changing shorthanded goal in Game 4 vs. Ottawa in quarterfinals, which proved to be the game-winner ... Posted a plus or even rating in 11 of 13 playoff games ... Placed third among team’s forwards with 1:56 shorthanded minutes per game.

NHL CAREER:  High-energy forward compiled 87 points on 44 goals and 43 assists in 306 career games during his five-year career ... Clutch postseason scorer has 13 goals and 29 points in 59 career playoff games ... Became Stanley Cup hero after scoring both of Pittsburgh’s goals, including the game-winner, in 2-1 Game 7 Stanley Cup Final victory to help franchise earn its third championship ... Chipped in career high 13 postseason points (8+5) ... Registered six points (4+2) during Stanly Cup Final round against Detroit ... Challenged Philadelphia tough guy Daniel Carcillo to fight in Game 6 in opening-round series; the fight sparked the Penguins, who overcame a 3-0 deficit in the game en route to a 5-3 win, and eliminated their cross-state rivals ... In 2008-09 regular season, topped the 20-point mark for third consecutive season with 22 (12+10) ... Scored his 10th career shorthanded goal and game-winner April 11 at Montreal ... Tallied two points (1+1) in his 200th career game in 7-6 overtime win Nov. 11 at Detroit ... Posted career highs in assists (14), points (26) and plus-minus rating (+8) in 2007-08 despite missing 19 games with ankle injury … Had career best four-game point streak (4+1) from Oct. 10-19 … Had nine points (3+6) in 17 playoff games in 2008 … Scored game-winning goal in Game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals vs. Philadelphia … Scored late dramatic goal in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final at Detroit, tying score, 3-3, with 34 seconds remaining; Penguins won in triple overtime … Set career high with 13 goals in 2006-07 … Made NHL debut Oct. 5, 2005 at New Jersey … Scored first NHL goal Oct. 14, 2005 vs. Philadelphia.

INTERNATIONAL:  Helped Canada to silver medal at 2004 World Junior Championships, contributing three assists in six games … Was WJC teammate of Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury.

JUNIOR:  Scored 299 points in 249 career games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League … Scored 104 and 98 points in final two seasons with Hull/Gatineau … Had 73 assists in 2003-04, ranking second in QMJHL to Sidney Crosby of Rimouski … Scored 46 goals, 104 points in 69 games in 2002-03 … Won Guy Lafleur Trophy as MVP of the Quebec league playoffs in 2002-03 and 2003-04.

PERSONAL:  Nickname – “Talbo” … Lists the Bell Centre as his favorite road arena and Montreal as his favorite road city … UFC Fighting and football are his favorite sports other than hockey … Other favorites: vacation – Dominican Republic; food – fondue; restaurant – Bossa Nova; bands – Coldplay and Akon; movie – Gladiator and the Wedding Singer … Wishes he could have met his grandfather … Signed through 2010-11.
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