College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Tonight in Montreal the Canadiens will try to extend their postseason one more game as their down 3-2 in their series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although they’re not playing the most excited style of hockey right now the Habs have done enough to hang with two of the best teams in the league. In round one they came back from a 3-1 hole and eliminated the President Trophy winning Washington Capitals and in this second round they’re hanging tough with the defending Stanley Cup champions. The biggest reason why they’ve been successful in the postseason is due to their effective play against the two best players in the league. Against Washington, Montreal held Alexander Ovechkin to only five goals and five assists. In the final two games of the series the Great Eight registered only an assists. In Pittsburgh’s first round Sidney Crosby was a man of fire. He led the league in scoring with 14 points (5G/9A) and single-handedly won game two all by himself. So far this series Sid the Kid has notched only three points and none of those are goals. Sure Montreal’s defence has stepped up big time this postseason, but most of their success is because of goalie Jaroslav Halak. Halak leads the league in playoff save percentage with .933 and has faced the second most shots out of all postseason tenders (349 – only six behind Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, who played one extra game). Halak has proven that a team can ride a hot goalie to playoff success – something Montreal has missed since a certain number 33 was traded away 15 years ago.