Where did this guy come from?
It was about the second or third coming-out party for Jaroslav Halak, but it finally did what he wanted—got him noticed in the hockey world.
He almost took the Canadiens to the playoffs in 2006-07. He also then took the Canadiens into the playoffs this season. And finally he made his name known for good.
Not only has his play been compared to that of 1971's Ken Dryden or 1986 and 1993's Patrick Roy, but he has been in "the zone" for the majority of the playoffs.
His occasional breakdowns may have some cause for concern, such as in Game Four against Washington or Game One against Pittsburgh, but he rebounded beautifully.
The turning point and possibly the nail in the Capitals' coffin in their series came in Game Six when Halak robbed Joe Corvo with a beautiful glove save.
The save was reminiscent of Patrick Roy in 1986. Though Roy won a Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup, Halak would be in the same company if the Canadiens could go so far.
His play these playoffs compares to that of Miikka Kiprusoff in the 2004 playoffs where Kiprusoff rebounded beautifully after being shell-shocked in a game.
Though the 2010 Canadiens and the 2004 Flames don't really stack up as well as they could, Halak's play has been one of the single factors that have helped the team get this far.