Montreal Canadiens-Washington Capitals: Jaroslav Halak Leads Habs Upset

April 29th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »!  What an incredible game.  And by incredible, I mean stomach-churning, stress-inducing, hair-losing, nail-biting hockey.

In defeating the Washington Capitals 2-1 in Game Seven last night, the Montreal Canadiens became the first No. 8 seed to come back from a 3-1 series deficit against a No. 1 seed since the NHL adopted the current playoff format in 1994.

For a franchise that owns the record books I think it is fitting that they add this achievement to their already full mantle of accolades.

As we have become used to in this series, the Canadiens took the lead early and Jaroslav Halak shut the door the rest of the way to earn the win.

The Caps came close to scoring first, as snake-bitten Alexander Semin rang the puck off of the cross bar on a 3-on-1 early in the first. Had that goal gone in the Caps would have been off to the races and likely would have won the game.

The fact that it didn't go in—and that the Caps had a goal called back early in the second period for goaltender interference—were microcosms of the entire series for the Caps.

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