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Jaroslav Halak drags Habs-Caps to Game 7

Apr 26, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

halak.jpgHe might not have been able to keep his shutout going, but my guess is a lot of people know the name Jaroslav Halak right now.

The Slovakian-born goalie put together a sensational 53-save effort, at one point making a glove save with enough flair that I jokingly called him “Roy-aslav Halak.” As I wondered earlier, the Capitals will indeed take part in their fourth consecutive 7-game series – all of them coming at “The Phone Booth” in DC, by the way.

Montreal Canadiens 4, Washington Capitals 1

Series tied at 3-3

While Halak wowed the hockey world, Semyon Varlamov allowed some tough-to-stomach goals. The Russian goalie allowed 3 goals on 21 shots but – to be fair – he did make some big saves when his team was still in the game. I haven’t heard many comments about a Jose Theodore-Varlamov Game 7 debate, but isn’t that the nature of this playoff beast?

In the last two games, Halak allowed only 2 goals on 90 shots. People mocked the Canadiens for starting Carey Price for a brief spell in this series (which seems amusing since the Capitals changed goalies, too), but maybe that lit a fire under Halak? Either way, he’s playing so well that people are wondering if he’s in the Capitals’ heads at the moment.

All I know is that with every dominant performance, Halak’s value as a restricted free agent rises higher and higher. More on the playoffs’ second guaranteed Game 7 soon …

  1. MN_PittMan - Apr 27, 2010 at 9:36 AM

    That was a fun game to watch last night! The Canadiens are definitely playing above themselves right now! I can’t wait for game 7! Go Habs, beat the Caps!!

  2. JF - Apr 27, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Halak has already shown he is inconsistent, I don’t see the Caps letting this one get away. I would be surprised if Halak can keep up this stretch especially because I see the Caps coming out in a higher gear to start game 7. Look for 20+ shots and a 2-0 Caps lead in game 7. ROCK THE RED

  3. Big B - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    It’s Slovak born goalie James. Please pass on to your editor. Thanks.

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