MONTREAL -- Jaroslav Halak will not end up atop the podium, but his Olympic mission is far from over.
After dusting off the mighty Russians in a shootout and later dashing the hopes of the defending champion Swedes, Halak couldn’t quite continue his giant-killing ways against Team Canada on their home turf. In his sixth start of the tournament, Halak made 25 saves and kept the Slovaks in the game until the bitter end of their 3-2 loss to Canada.
Heading into the Vancouver Games, Slovakia had never mustered more than a fifth-place finish. Halak’s homeland even finished as low as 13th back in Salt Lake City back in 2002 when they finished just ahead of Team France.
Halak still has the chance to become the fifth Habs player to ever return to the Canadiens following the Olympic break with a medal around his neck. Whether the young netminder comes home from the Games with a bronze souvenir or not will be determined when the Slovaks take on Finland on Saturday night. Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.comSee also:The Cataractes honor Bergy Bulldogs Report - Feb. 24, 2010 2010 Olympic Games