In 2007, Halak became the first goaltender since Bob Froese (Philadelphia - 1982-83) to win his first seven decisions at home. During that stretch, he posted a 1.84 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and recorded two shutouts.
Halak is the fourth Slovak-born netminder to play in the NHL, joining Ján Lašák and fellow Olympians Rastislav Staòa and Peter Budaj.
Competing at the 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships, he collected four shutouts -- a record for most career World Junior shutouts. His other international experience includes the 2007 and 2009 World Championships.
He played at the 2003 Under-18 World Championship helping the Slovaks win their first-ever silver medal at the IIHF event. He faced 206 shots through seven games and was named the Top Goaltender of the tournament. He was also a member of the 2002 Under-18 team.
He was named Slovak’s Goaltender of the Year in 2009.
I don't have a crystal ball. Predicting is a real complicated thing. If we stay healthy, have enough depth and get the good goaltending we think we're going to have, you can go all the way. But a lot of things have to happen. There's going to be a lot of teams that think the same thing. Everyone made deals. We're all are optimistic about where we'll end up.
— Rangers general manager Glen Sather after being asked if he's constructed a team that can win the Stanley Cup before their 4-1 win against the Predators on Monday