Jarolsav Halak vs. Carey Price: Montreal Canadiens Still Have Questions

April 24th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
The Montreal Canadiens went into to this year's playoffs with little to no hope of knocking off their first round opponent, the Washington Capitals.

In fact, many prognosticators picked the Caps to do away with the Habs in as little a four games, very few were picking the Habs to win the series. Somehow, in the face of adversity, the Habs have fought back from a three games to one deficit to win game five by a final score of 2-1 and, in the process, making a series of it.

Outside of a few key injuries to forward Mike Cammalleri and defenseman Andrei Markov this season the Canadiens success or lack-thereof has hinged on the success of their masked men, goaltenders Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak.

In game one of the series Halak played what many feel was his best game of the season, turning away 45 of 47 shots for a .957 save percentage and emerging with a tantalizing 3-2 overtime victory.

Game two saw Halak (and his teammates) struggle, as the 24-year-old Slovakian gave up three third period goals on 13 shots and the eventual game winner in overtime, losing by a score of 6-5. Halak emerged having stopped 31 of 37 shots for a .838 save percentage—a fa ...

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