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FLYERS: Previewing the Canadiens Goalie(s)

In the third and final positional preview for the Montreal Canadiens leading up to Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals later tonight at the Wachovia Center, I now take a look at the men that tend goal for the Montreal Canadiens. Goaltending is always imperative to a team’s success, and I think Jaroslav Halak has brought a new meaning to “riding a goaltender” in this postseason. Let’s take a look in net:

GOALTENDERS:

Starter: Jaroslav Halak

Back-up: Carey Price

Who to watch in goal for the Canadiens:

1. Jaroslav Halak. One of the most widely used phrases by opponents of Canadiens this post season has been the catch-line, “Crack Halak”. The Montreal goaltender has been drawing such wide praise for literally single-handedly disposing of the top seeded Washington Capitals, then knocking off the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the most recent round. While the Canadiens are scoring just enough to win, it’s been mainly because of Halak that they have lived quite often to see another day. He’s in an unbelievable zone right now and is certainly going to be tough to stop for the Flyers. Here’s an idea of just how good Halak has been for Montreal: in 13 postseason starts this year, Halak has made 420 saves. 420 saves in just 13 games! That’s unheard of and that’s even more amazing. He’s 8-5-0 over those 13 starts, and has a save percentage of .930 to go along with a goals against average of 2.42. He’ll be a tough goaltender to beat night in and night out for the Flyers this series, and he’ll be looking to carry Montreal to their first appearance in a Stanley Cup Final since 1993, which, ironically is the last time they won the hardware. If the Flyers are going to have anything to say about that, they must do what no other team before them in these playoffs has been able to do. They must crack Halak.

Statistical Leaders for the Bruins Goaltenders in the Stanley Cup Playoffs:

GAMES STARTED: Jaroslav Halak (13)

MINUTES: Halak (745)

WINS: Halak (8)

GOALS AGAINST: Halak (2.42)

SAVE PERCENTAGE: Halak (.930)

SHUTOUTS: NO ONE

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