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The End For Halak?


After winning the first game in overtime, the Montreal Canadiens have lost their last two straight to the top seeded Washington Capitals. It appeared in game one that the Habs may have had a chance against the team many say will win it all, but after blowing a 4-1 lead in Game Two and getting rocked 5-1 in Game Three, sighs of defeat could be making their way around Quebec.

Canadiens’ head coach Jacques Martin opted to begin the series with 24-year old Slovak Olympian Jaroslav Halak. Halak finished the regular season 26-13-5 and recorded the 4th best save percentage in the league at .924. He continued to be their go to guy until he let by three goals on just six shots in the first half of Game Three last night when he was replaced by Carey Price.

Price entered the game and let up one of his own not even five minutes later. His career record against Washington is about as stellar as his entire regular season play, but he stopped 21 of 23 shots which is only a few less than Caps goalie Semyon Varlomov, who got the start after picking up some slack of his own from former starting goaltender Jose Theodore.

Caps coach Bruce Boudreau has said that he thinks both of his goalies will play again throughout the playoffs. Does the same go for Halak and Price, or has Halak made one mistake too many in such a short period of time?

NOTE: Washington Captain Alex Ovechkin had made previous comments about supposed jitters he noticed in Halak during Game Two. Halak was not available to comment on Ovechkin’s allegations post game. However, that didn’t stop Ovechkin from running his mouth again following last nights win.

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