Jaroslav Halak Gives Montreal Canadiens the Blues
The last time the St. Louis Blues met the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal it was January of 2012 and it was the first time Jaroslav Halak had played in Montreal since being traded to St. Louis in 2010. Halak shut the Canadiens out in a 3-0 victory that night and was saluted by grateful Canadien fans after being named the game’s first star.
Two years have past since that game, and although Halak did not shut the Canadiens out, he did make a plethora of big-time saves and made the crowd feel the blues as he helped lift St. Louis to a 3-2 shootout victory.
The biggest of Halak’s game saving moments came late in the regulation when Tomas Plekanec was awarded a penalty shot following a bizarre delay of game call against Blues center David Backes. Backes cleared the puck from in front of the net towards the corner and ran into his own goal while trying to avoid from crashing into Halak. No penalty was called on the play, but because of the delay of game call being inside the two-minute mark Plekanec was awarded a penalty shot. On the ensuing attempt, Plekanec went stick side on Halak, who was able to deflect the wrist shot away and keep the game tied at 2-2 with under a minute left in the game.
Montreal’s goaltender Carey Price was also fantastic making highlight reel saves on attempts from Chris Stewart and Vladimir Tarasekno, but he could not out-duel his counterpart Halak on this evening as his penalty shot save late in the third period and shutout in the shootout lifted St. Louis to a victory.