Friday, May 7, 2010

Jaroslav Halak Amazing in Playoffs

A great deal of why the Montreal Canadians have come as far as they have is because of the stellar play of their goaltender Jaroslav Halak.

Last year Halak only got to see 20 minutes of ice time in the playoffs. This year he has already played in 10 games where he has been playing at his best. Out of the 10 games he has played he has been named first star of the game 5 times and second star once.

Halak has posted a first place 0.934 SV% and a 2.43 GAA.

Even the top players in the NHL admit that Halak has been great for the Canadians. "He played really well," Crosby said. "We had some second opportunities that we didn't get our sticks on, or we got our sticks on and missed the net. He played solid, there's no doubt. He made the saves he had to."

"I think we played great and we just didn't score," said a still confident but definitely stunned Alex Ovechkin. "It's only one guy. They just score goals and go back and leave all the pressure for their goalie. He (did) an unbelievable job. What more can you say?"

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Roberto Luongo Has Strong Game 1

The last time Roberto Luongo was on the United Center ice in the postseason, he had to deal with a case of whiplash from looking back into his net as the Blackhawks scored seven goals to eliminate the Vancouver Canucks from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2009.

One year later, Luongo erased any of those bad vibes with a 36-save performance in Vancouver's 5-1 win on Saturday night against the Blackhawks while recieving the first star of the game. He faced a barrage of shots in the first period -- 17 in all -- and stopped them all, allowing his teammates time to find their legs and score twice before the first intermission.

Luongo's best save came against the Patrick Kane, who was stoned on a breakaway with just under seven minutes to go in the first period and the score still just 1-0 in favor of the Canucks.

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