(TORONTO, ON) — Ten years. That’s how long it’s been since Jaroslav Halak pulled off one of the great goaltending performances in recent playoff history. He, as the saying goes, stood on his head. He flopped, dropped, and spun his team to a Round One, eight-seed over first-seed upset.
Halak’s 88-point Canadiens beat the 121-point Washington Capitals. He was the reason Montreal won the last three games of the series, including a 53-save performance in Game-6. Montreal even upset the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Halak and Montreal finally ran out of steam in the 2010 conference final against Philadelphia.