Halak set a new franchise record Monday night for most saves in a regulation playoff game with 53, breaking Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden's mark of 49, a record set in 1971.
The effort also set a new NHL record for most saves in a regulation playoff game when facing elimination.
Until Washington's Eric Fehr scored with 4:50 to play, Halak was on pace to slaughter another record. Had the goalie been able to hang on to the shutout, Halak would have snagged the mark for most saves without allowing a goal in a Canadiens playoff game. Thanks to Fehr, that record remains with Dryden, who recorded a 37-save shutout of the Vancouver Canucks in 1975.