Tag:Jaroslav Halak
Posted on: May 6, 2010 10:12 pm

Highlight of the night

Montreal's Jaroslav Halak makes a save on an Evgeni Malkin breakaway to preserve the Canadiens' 3-2 lead with 3:56 to play.

Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:17 pm

Snap Shot: Photo of the Day

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins takes a shot on goalie Jaroslav Halak of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Getty Images)

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:47 pm

Three Stars: May 2

By Erin Brown

First Star: Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks

What didn't Pavelski do on Sunday night? He scored twice, recorded an assist, won 81 percent (13 of 16) of his faceoffs and led San Jose with 11 shots in their 4-3 win over Detroit.

Second Star: Jaroslav Halak, Montreal Canadiens

Halak was back to his dominant self in Montreal's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh, stopping 38 shots, 18 of which came in the second period.

Third Star: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens

Cammalleri scored twice, including the go-ahead goal in the second period of the Canadiens' 3-1 win.

Honorable Mentions

Posted on: May 2, 2010 11:38 pm

Wraparound: A recap of Sunday's games

Complete Schedule & Bracket

No. 8 Montreal Canadiens 3, No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 1

Series tied, 1-1

Mike Cammalleri scored two goals, Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves in a performance much like his series-stealing play during Montreal's first-round upset of Washington and the Canadiens surprised the Penguins by winning 3-1 on Sunday. Recap | Series

No. 1 San Jose Sharks 4, No. 5 Detroit Red Wings 3

San Jose leads, 2-0

Joe Thornton scored his first goal of the playoffs with 7:23 left and the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series. Recap | Series

Posted on: May 2, 2010 5:01 pm

Habs get back to basics in Game 2 win

By Erin Brown

The defense that was largely absent during the Montreal Canadiens' conference semifinal opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins is back.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 38 shots, and his teammates blocked 15 more in the Habs' 3-1 win over the Penguins Sunday afternoon.

Even more impressive is the fact the Canadiens shut down NHL leading scorer Sidney Crosby . A 51-goal scorer during the regular season, Crosby was held to just one shot on net and finished with a team-worst minus-2 rating.

The Penguins captain showed his frustration late in the game after being rubbed off the puck by Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill . Crosby turned around and swung his stick at one of the Montreal goal posts, breaking it in two.

"He's the best player in the world, everybody knows that," Montreal's rookie defenseman P.K. Subban said. "When I am out there against him, I just try to pay attention to where he's at. I've got a lot of respect for him, and so does everyone else in the hockey world.

In addition to keeping one of the league's best in check, the Canadiens got discipline and penalty killing back on track. Montreal did a good job avoiding the penalty box -- they were whistled just three times -- and when they were shorthanded, killed off each penalty.

Posted on: May 1, 2010 12:35 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2010 1:24 pm

The Morning Skate: News from around the rinks

Complete Bracket & Schedule

A look at news from around the league...

Tonight's Game

No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers at No. 6 Boston Bruins, 12:30 p.m.

• Flyers looking to take Game 1 in series' first dance. [ Philadelphia News/Inquirer ]

• Bruins, Flyers have different styles, but get ready for a great fight. [ Boston Globe ]

No. 3 Vancouver Canucks at No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks, 8 p.m.

• Blackhawks know its all about stopping the twin duo of Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin . Henrik scored a career-high and NHL-leading 112 points. Daniel amassed a career-best 85 points in just 63 games.No team's top line boasts the same combination of firepower and hockey ESP, but then no top line features two players who literally have grown together since birth. [ Chicago Tribune ]

• Canucks' coach Alain Vigneault waiting to last minute to pick fourth line. [ Vancouver Province ]

Off-Day Teams

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens (Penguins lead 1-0)

• As Penguins move the puck more, the more effectively they have been on the power play. It's no surprise that the Penguins were four-for-four in the 6-3 victory over the Canadiens. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

Jordan Staal injured, likely out for some time for Penguins. [ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

• Canadiens' Josh Gorges says don't blame goalie Jaroslav Halak . [ Montreal Gazette ]

No. 5 Detroit Red Wings at No. 1 San Jose Sharks (Sharks lead series 1-0)

• It didn't take long for Sharks coach Todd McLellan to start sparring with Detroit counterpart Mike Babcock . Babcock stirred things up with his accusation after Game 1 that Devin Setoguchi embellished the Red Wings penalty that led to San Jose's winning goal, punctuating his charge with a geographic reference that made it more personal. "You're from Western Canada," Babcock said, "don't do that crap." [ San Jose Mercury News ]

Johan Franzen starting to hid stride for Red Wings. [ Detroit Free Press ]

Posted on: April 29, 2010 9:37 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2010 7:40 pm

Expert Picks: Conference Semifinals

We've rounded up the hockey experts (and fans) here at CBSSports.com to get their insight on which teams will survive the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. We'll be tracking their overall record throughout the postseason, so be sure to check back after each round for results. Feel free to add your picks in the comments below.

Making picks in 2010: Wes Goldstein, CBSSports.com's hockey writer; Erin Brown, CBSSports.com's NHL editor; Mike Hurcomb,  CBSSports.com's fantasy hockey writer; and Dennis Dodd is CBSSports.com's college football writer (and a longtime, die-hard St. Louis Blues fan).

Through the conference quarterfinals , standings are as follows:

Standings (through Round 1)
Expert Win Loss Bonus Points
Brown 6 2 4 10
Goldstein 6 2 1 7
Hurcomb 3 5 1 4
Dodd 3 5 1 4
* A bonus point is awarded for picking a winner in the correct number of games played

And the picks for the conference semifinals:

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

  • Goldstein: Pittsburgh in 6: The Pens won't take the Habs for granted like Caps did.
  • Brown: Pittsburgh in 6: It would be unfair to expect Jaroslav Halak to survive yet another offensive barrage.
  • Hurcomb: Pittsburgh in 6: Things are lining up nicely for Pens to make another Cup appearance.
  • Dodd: Pittsburgh in 5: The Penguins are out partying knowing they won't have to wake up until Game 4.

No. 6 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

  • Goldstein: Boston in 6: Philly is too hurt up front, and B's are hitting stride.
  • Brown: Philadelphia in 7: This will be one ugly series, and that will be an intangible in Philly's favor.
  • Hurcomb: Boston in 6: Tuukka Rask is playing years beyond his age and experience.
  • Dodd: Philadelphia in 6: The only just winner is Philly because Pittsburgh wants you, Flyers.

No. 1 San Jose Sharks vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings

  • Goldstein: Detroit in 6: San Jose's still wearing its playoff monkey and it's name is Detroit.
  • Brown: San Jose in 7: With all respect to Detroit, you have to beat the best to be the best.
  • Hurcomb: Detroit in 7: The Red Wings will capitalize on San Jose's sloppy play.
  • Dodd: Detroit in 7: The Sharks tank. They will never, ever, ever get to the Stanley Cup Finals.

No. 2 Chicago Blackhawks vs. No. 3 Vancouver Canucks

  • Goldstein: Chicago in 7: Canucks match up better this time, but 'Hawks will find a way.
  • Brown: Chicago in 6: A tough round with Nashville has Chicago primed for this series.
  • Hurcomb: Vancouver in 7: Roberto Luongo will not let Dustin Byfuglien get the best of him this time.
  • Dodd: Chicago in 6: So much animosity in this one, we may need a 911 call at the end of it.

Posted on: April 29, 2010 12:49 am
Edited on: April 29, 2010 10:41 am

Preview: No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 8 Montreal

No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

Wes Goldstein's Take

The Penguins will win if: They stay patient and don't fall into the trap of getting down early in games. The Canadiens proved they can hold leads, and that they can stymie power offenses with their smart team defense and ability to block shots. Avoiding unnecessary penalties will be critical for the Penguins as well because the Canadiens power play is deadly.

The Canadiens will win if: Jaroslav Halak continues to be the best goaltender in these playoffs, although he'd be helped a lot of the Habs limit Pittsburgh to oh, say about 40 shots per game. That's the level that brings out the best in Halak. Montreal has to find a way to produce more at even strength though and the defense needs to keep Pittsburgh's big guns to the outside they way it did against Washington.


How They Got Here

Pittsburgh: Defeated the Ottawa Senators, 4-2, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 47-28-7 record for 101 points (2nd, Atlantic Division)

Montreal: Defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals ... Finished the regular season with a 39-33-10 record for 88 points (4th, Northeast Division)

Complete Schedule & Bracket


Date Location Time
April 30 at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
May 2 at Pittsburgh 2 p.m.
May 4 at Montreal 7 p.m.
May 6 at Montreal 7 p.m.
May 8 at Pittsburgh * 7 p.m.
May 10 at Montreal * 7 p.m.
May 12 at Pittsburgh * TBA
* if necessary


Season Series
Pittsburgh wins, 3-1
Date Result
Oct. 28 Pittsburgh 6, Montreal 1 Recap
Nov. 25 Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 1 Recap
Dec. 10 Pittsburgh 3, Montreal 2 Recap
Feb. 6 Montreal 5, Pittsburgh 3 Recap


Stats Comparison
Statistic PIT MON
Goals For (Avg.) 4.00 2.86
Goals Against (Avg.) 3.17 3.14
Power Play 25.0% 20.0%
Penalty Kill 68.2% 97.0%

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