Jaroslav Halak's performance last season, particularly in the playoffs, had legendary hockey broadcasters like Sam Rosen and Mike Emrick repeating themselves more often than a damaged music CD.
"Glove save! Oh, what a save by Halak!"
"Another save by Halak!"
The saves kept coming, and so did the compliments.
The 25-year-old Slovakian goaltender captivated the city of Montreal, every hockey fan in North America and practically everyone associated with the game when he lead the eighth-seeded Canadiens all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals earlier this year. Along the way, his heroics also mowed down the top-seeded Washington Capitals and the fourth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins.
It seems like I'm kind of making it a little difficult on myself here the last two games.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after tying the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 26.6 seconds left against the Anaheim Ducks Friday
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