Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Jaroslav Halak elevated his game to the likes of Patrick Roy, Jose Theodore and Ken Dryden Monday night at the Bell Centre as he made a total of 53 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
Those 53 saves constitute nothing less than the third-best performance by a goaltender in any playoff game in the club's history. Halak was sensational from start to finish, frustrating the Capitals forwards on many occasions. His only flaw came with just five minutes to play and the game well in hand.
On the offensive side, the Canadiens struck early once again as Michael Cammalleri scored two quick goals inside a two-minute span halfway into the first period. The score remained unchanged until Maxim Lapierre gave the Habs a 3-0 lead halfway into the third frame. Tomas Plekanec completed the score for the home team with an empty netter.
The series is now tied at three games apiece and a seventh game is required, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday in Washington.
The Canadiens will feel like they have nothing to lose while the Capitals will probably feel a ton of pressure come game time. They should try to lit the lamp early on the Capitals once again.
The confidence level of the Capitals could drop dramatically should Monday's scenario repeat once again.
(Picture: Jaroslav Halak and Hal Gill. Canadian Press.)