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Jaroslav Halak blanks Habs in return to Montreal

Jan 10, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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For a goalie with a rather bland style, Jaroslav Halak sure has a flair for the dramatic.

Surely Montreal Canadiens fans must have seen flashes of the goalie who helped them claw their way to the 2010 Eastern Conference finals tonight, as he helped the St. Louis Blues shut out his former team 3-0.

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Halak didn’t exactly a break much of a sweat as he needed just 19 saves in the game, but at least he had highlight moments like that breakaway stop on Tomas Plekanec. Carey Price helped Habs fans get over Halak’s departure with a superior season in 2010-11 and it was probably even to start off this year, but Lou Korac points out Halak’s dramatic improvement with Ken Hitchcock in charge:


In Hitchcock’s most recent coaching stint, both Pascal Leclaire and Steve Mason put together single-season runs that helped them make a ton of money that some might argue they didn’t really deserve.*

Halak already received a big payday thanks to his enthralling playoff run, but he might just earn those big bucks with Hitchcock watching from the bench – even if every night isn’t as exciting as this Tuesday in Montreal.

* – People tend to forget that Leclaire notched nine shutouts the season (2007-08) before Mason won the Calder Trophy with 10 of his own.

  1. ribs108 - Jan 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Hey! At least Lars Eller made the scoresheet! 2 minutes for tripping. Oh, and -1 with 1 whole shot on net. In a related note, GM Pierre Gauthier apologized to the Montreal “fans”, stating “It was not my intention to offend anyone by trading Jaroslav Halak to the Blues” while President Geoff Molson announced that next season the Canadiens will do their utmost to seek out a goaltender who can at least converse in the language of, er…I mean, a goalie who can at least get the occasional shutout.”

  2. trbowman - Jan 11, 2012 at 12:01 AM


    The Habs on the ice are almost as bad as their fanbase, lol.

    Okay, going too far.

  3. danphipps01 - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:02 AM

    Sad thing is, Price is a great goalie on a godawful team. He’s got huge potential, but, much like Patrick Roy, he’s stuck with the Canadiens in a shitty period where their roster isn’t that impressive and the fans are the same ignorant, disrespectful, entitled jerkoffs they were in Roy’s day. Hopefully he leaves for a team that can actually shoulder some of the load instead of dumping it in his lap. His contract’s up this year and he deserves better than the Habs can possibly give.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      Habs play Detroit at home on the 25th. Hopefully Price gets left in for 9 goals and then tells Geoff Molson to fuck off. Hey, those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Go to The slogan you click to enter the English website is “Rise Together.” The nationalists outside the Bell Centre must not have goten that message.

    • balewsquare - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:30 PM


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