Halak stopped 31 of 34 shots in Monday's 3-2 double-overtime loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5.
Halak played well enough, yielding just two deflection goals during regulation time, but was beaten on a Victor Hedman shot through traffic for the series clincher. Starting in place of Tuukka Rask, Halak suffered four straight losses against the Lightning and allowed 14 goals in that stretch. He signed a one-year contract extension with Boston back in May and will likely return to once again team with Rask as one of the top goaltending tandems in the NHL.
Halak will get the starting nod for Monday's Game 5 against Tampa Bay, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Halak is stuck in a three-game losing streak, posting a 4.30 GAA and .866 save percentage during that span. If Tuukka Rask (personal) was available, he would have likely replaced Halak in the crease. However, with Daniel Vladar the only remaining option, the Bruins figure to continue utilizing Halak the rest of the postseason.
Halak turned aside 23 shots Saturday during the Bruins' 3-1 loss to the Lightning in Game 4 of their second-round series.
The veteran netminder had little chance on two of the goals, but he had a clean look at Ondrej Palat's eventual game-winner and couldn't get his glove on it. Halak has now given up 11 goals over his last three starts, all Boston losses, and he'll carry a 2.94 GAA and .900 save percentage this postseason into Monday's Game 5, with his team now facing elimination.
Halak will start in Game 4 versus the Lightning on Saturday, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
The last two games haven't gone in Halak's favor, and he was yanked in Game 3 after letting up four goals on 16 shots. With a couple of days of rest under his belt, Halak will look to get back on track and even the series Saturday. Halak features high fantasy upside in this matchup since the Lightning have recorded 30 or more shots on net in every game this series.
Halak allowed four goals on 16 shots in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Halak and the Bruins were victimized by a red-hot Lightning power-play that converted four opportunities, with three of them coming against Halak. The 35-year-old was yanked after Tampa Bay's Alex Killorn made it 4-0 just shy of the midway point of the second period. With No. 1 netminder Tuukka Rask having opted out of the postseason, Boston will ride or die with Halak, who now owns a 2.91 GAA and .903 save percentage in seven appearances.
Halak will patrol the crease during Wedensday's Game 3 against Tampa Bay, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.
Halak was tested early and often during Tuesday's Game 2, ultimately surrendering four goals on 40 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss. The Lightning have fired at least 37 shots on net in each of the first two games of the series, so Halak will undoubtedly be facing plenty of rubber Wednesday, making him a high-upside option in daily contests.
Halak allowed four goals on 40 shots in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay in Game 2.
It was Halak's first loss since he took over the No. 1 goaltending role from the departed Tuukka Rask, bringing to a halt his four-game winning streak. Halak, who saw his playoff save percentage dip to 916, hasn't dropped back-to-back starts since mid-January. He'll be back between the pipes for Game 3 on Wednesday.
Halak will guard the cage during Tuesday's Game 2 against the Lightning, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Halak was rock solid in Game 1, turning aside 35 of 37 shots en route to a 3-2 victory. The 35-year-old vet will attempt to pick up a fifth straight win against a banged-up Tampa Bay club that will be without Steven Stamkos (lower body) and Ryan McDonagh (undisclosed).
Halak stopped 35 of 37 shots Sunday in a 3-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 1.
Halak was sensational, holding the Lightning off the scoreboard until Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman struck for a pair of goals in the back half of the third period. Not many teams are built to withstand the loss of their No. 1 goaltender in the middle of the playoff run, but the Bruins have not skipped a beat behind Halak since Tuukka Rask announced he was opting out of the bubble. Halak has won four straight starts with a .936 save percentage since taking over the job.
Halak will patrol the blue paint in Sunday's Game 1 contest against the Lightning.
Halak was outstanding in three starts against the Hurricanes, registering a .932 save percentage and 1.67 GAA in three victories. He'll need to be just as good, if not better, against the potent Lightning offense. Barring an injury, the 35-year-old will see all the work in net this series.
Halak will guard the goal during Wednesday's Game 5 against the Hurricanes.
Halak was pretty shaky in Game 4, surrendering three goals on just 19 shots, but he still did enough to pick up his second win of the postseason. The 35-year-old netminder will attempt to round back into form and help the Bruins advance past Carolina by picking up a third straight victory Wednesday.
Halak stopped 16 of 19 shots Monday in a 4-3 win over Carolina in Game 4.
Halak and the Bruins trailed 2-0 well into the third period before Boston erupted for four consecutive goals. That stretch was interrupted when Carolina's Teuvo Teravainen made it a 4-3 game with 1:27 remaining on what was the Hurricanes' first shot of the period to that point. It wasn't a pretty statistical night for Halak, but he's now won both of his starts as Boston's lead netminder since Tuukka Rask elected to opt out of the postseason.
Halak will patrol the crease for Monday's Game 4 tilt with Carolina, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Halak has taken over the No. 1 netminder job in Boston after Tuukka Rask opted out of the remainder of the season. The 35-year-old was terrific in the Game 3 win, stopping 29-of-30 shots.
Halak made 29 saves Saturday as the Bruins won 3-1 over the Hurricanes in Game 3 of their first-round series.
Tuukka Rask's decision to opt out of the rest of the playoffs handed Boston's starting job to Halak, and he responded with a generally strong performance, although he ruined his own shutout bid in the third period with a terrible giveaway on a clearing attempt that left him trapped behind the net and Nino Neiterreiter with a wide-open cage. Halak will try to carry the Bruins to a commanding series lead Monday night in Game 4.
Halak will patrol the crease during Saturday's Game 3 against the Hurricanes.
Tuukka Rask announced early Saturday morning that he has elected to opt out of the remainder of the playoffs, so barring an injury, Halak will almost certainly be starting every game for the Bruins the rest of the way. Boston could certainly be worse off in terms of a No. 2 netminder, as Halak was super solid during the regular season, compiling an 18-6-6 record while posting a 2.39 GAA and .919 save percentage in 31 appearances. He'll attempt to pick up his first win of the playoffs in a tough matchup with a Carolina club that put six pucks past Rask through the first two games of the series.
Halak stopped 25 of 29 shots Sunday in a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia.
Halak didn't receive a lot of help on any of the Philadelphia goals, three of which came on odd-man rushes and the fourth on a missed defensive assignment on the doorstep. Halak received the starting nod with Tuukka Rask (undisclosed) unavailable, so this is a situation to keep an eye on going forward.
Halak will guard the cage during Sunday's round-robin clash with the Flyers, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Tuukka Rask was originally expected to get the nod against Philly, but he's not feeling well, so Halak will get the start while Daniel Vladar dresses as the backup. Halak didn't fare well in two appearances versus the Flyers during the regular season, suffering two overtime losses while posting a sub-par 3.23 GAA and .897 save percentage, so daily fantasy players may want to look elsewhere Sunday.
Halak signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract extension with the Bruins on Friday.
Halak has been a rock-solid secondary option in goal for the Bruins for a second straight year this season, posting an 18-6-6 record while registering a 2.39 GAA and .919 save percentage in 31 appearances. The 34-year-old netminder should see upward of 30 starts as Tuukka Rask's understudy in 2020-21 and will likely earn wins in at least 20 of those contests, making him an attractive plug-and-play fantasy option.
Halak will patrol the blue paint for Friday's road clash with Buffalo, Mike Loftus of The Patriot Ledger reports.
Halak appears to have steadied the ship in his last two outings after giving up three goals on eight shots in a relief appearance versus Vancouver on Feb. 22. In those two contests, the Slovakian netminder has posted a 1.94 GAA and .940 save percentage in a pair of wins.
Halak made 32 saves in a 2-1 overtime win over Florida on Thursday.
Halak has started 28 games to Tuukka Rask's 39 and his numbers are just as good as the Finn's. He is 18-6-6 with a 2.39 GAA and .919 save percentage. Halak hasn't lost in regulation since Jan. 19 and is gold in daily matchups.
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|08/31||@ TB||L 2-3 (2 OT)||1||3||32||35|
|08/29||vs TB||L 1-3||1||3||23||26|
|08/26||vs TB||L 1-7||1||4||12||16|
|08/25||@ TB||L 3-4 (OT)||1||4||36||40|
|08/23||@ TB||W 3-2||1||2||35||37|
|08/19||vs CAR||W 2-1||1||1||23||24|
|08/17||@ CAR||W 4-3||1||3||16||19|
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