MONTREAL - Be honest, did you ever imagine Slovakia finishing fourth?
Ending up ahead of the likes of Russia, Sweden and their arch-rivals the Czech Republic would have been a pretty tall pre-tournament order for the Slovaks, but Jaroslav Halak helped his homeland do exactly that.
Playing in his fourth game in five nights, Halak couldn't overcome a rash of Slovak penalties that helped Finland roar back from a 3-1 deficit after two periods with three power-play goals in the final frame for a 5-3 win in the bronze medal game.
Halak kicked aside 28 of 32 shots to end the tournament with a 2.41 goals against average and a .904 save percentage on his way to leading Slovakia to its best-ever Olympic showing.
This marks the second time a Canadiens player has failed to bring home a medal since NHLers began taking part in the Olympics in 1998 in Nagano. The only other time was in Salt Lake City in 2002, but no Habs players took part in the Olympics that year.See also:2010 Olympic Games The Cataractes to honor Bergy Bulldogs Report - Feb. 24, 2010 Pleky’s Redemption