Jaroslav Halak Stops an Avalanche Of Shots In 4-2 Win

Fred PoulinCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2009

The losing is finally over! Jaroslav Halak stood tall and stole the game in a 4-2 Habs' win over the Colorado Avalanche.

After a strong 1st period—during which they took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Bouillon and Brisebois—the Canadiens faltered and were dominated by the Avalanche during the last two periods.

The Habs were outshot 36-to-9 in the last 40 minutes and generated little offense, consistently icing the puck and losing face-offs in their own end.

The Avalanche finally tied midway through the third period on a Tyler Arnason goal. Luckily for the Canadiens, Andrei Kostitsyn got a breakaway with three-minutes left to the game and buried a backhand behind Peter Budaj to give them the lead. Tom Kostopoulos made it 4-2 with an empty-netter.

Halak's performance was his best of the season, stopping 46 of the 48 shots he faced. The Canadiens really needed that kind of performance from their goalie and Halak delivered.

The next stop will be in Vancouver on Sunday where they will face Roberto Luongo and the Canucks, which will be a much more tougher opponent than the bottom-dweller Avs.

I cannot imagine that Carbonneau will give the net to Price even if he's playing in front of his family and friends in his native province.


BTW Carbo: Koivu and Kovalev will never produce together, stop this stupid experiment!