Halak's play breathes life into Habs

Jaroslav Halak: it is all about Halak awaiting tonight’s start of the second round of the playoffs against the reigning Stanley Cup champions in Pittsburgh.

All about a 24-year-old goaltender whose previous playoff experience amounted to a mere 97 minutes spread over two seasons – and how he had to make 45 stops leading the Canadiens to a 3-2 overtime victory against the Washington Capitals in Game 1.

You can be sure that already forgotten in the euphoria of winning a seven-game first round is Halak’s Game 2 meltdown in a 6-5 overtime loss in which the Canadiens led 4-1 with only 16 seconds left in the second period. So was the need to yank him 28:33 into Game 3 after allowing three goals on only 13 shots.

However, remembered and talked about perhaps for years to come will be his back-to-back-to-back performances delivered against the No. 1 overall Capitals after he and his colleagues trailed the best-of-seven series 3-1.

They will talk about his 37 stops – 15 in the first period – in his team’s 2-1 victory in Washington last Friday, in a game most people expected would end the Canadiens’ season. They will speak about his unbelievable performance with his 53 stops in the Canadiens’ 4-1 victory on Monday at the Bell Centre and about how the Capitals’ goal came on only the 52nd shot by the NHL’s best team with fewer than five minutes remaining in regulation.

They will recall the 41 stops he made in the 2-1 series finale and about how this was the first time in NHL history a No. 8 team rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

Halak! Halak! Halak
! People already are calling him another Ken Dryden, winner of six Stanley Cups in eight seasons. Another Patrick Roy, who led the Canadiens to their last two Cups.

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3 Responses to Halak's play breathes life into Habs

  1. Kramer says:

    Halak is an X-man mutant.

  2. nordiques100 says:

    wont be much life if the habs continue to take horribly stupid penalties.

  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    I haven't been following Halak all that closely this year but has he always been this hot and cold? Two historic performances and two yanks in about 5 games? I know tonight wasn't all his fault though. His 10-0-1 stat line when he faces 40+ shots is obviously very impressive and shows that he steals games but what kind of goalie is he like outside of that?

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