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Maxime Talbot was born February 11, 1984. In the QMJHL, he was named team captain of the Hull Olympiques in 2002-2003. Talbot led the Hull/Gatineau Olympiques to back-to-back President's Cups while earning the Guy Lafleur Trophy as playoff MVP both years. Before the start of the 2004–05 NHL season, Talbot was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and made their opening roster in 2005, quickly becoming an important asset to the penalty kill. Talbot is what is called a clutch player, always at the top of his game when it matters most. In the 2008 Conference Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers, he scored the game-winning goal in the third period of game two. In game five of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, Talbot scored the tying goal with 35 seconds remaining. And most importantly, in 2009 he scored both of the Penguins' goals in the seventh and deciding game of the series to capture the franchise's third Stanley Cup. In 2011, Maxime Talbot signed with the Philadelphia Flyers and beat his former team during the 2012 playoffs. In March of that year, Talbot broke his leg, putting an end to his season. November 2013 saw him traded to the Colorado Avalanche, where he strove to be an important energy forward and efficient penalty-killer. He is a versatile and gritty player who plays with tremendous passion and displays sound leadership ability. After two seasons in the Colorado uniform, he was traded on the deadline to the Boston Bruins. “We believe he’s a good add to our forward group’” said Boston’s General Manager Peter Chiarelli about Max Talbot after his trade.