Five Keys to the Game: Habs-Caps #6
Keeping busy: There are few things Jaroslav Halak loves more than getting pelting with pucks. In Washington on Friday night, the Slovak netminder tossed aside 37 of 38 shots thrown his way, marking the 16th time this season – and third time since the start of the playoffs – that Halak has faced more than 35 shots. His record in those games? 12-2-2.
When it matters: When he became a Hab this past July, gritty winger Travis Moen brought his rep as a playoff warrior right along with him. Flanking fellow Stanley Cup winners Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez in Game 5, Moen played a huge 18:29 minutes and scored the winning goal. Potting big goals is nothing new to the Saskatchewan native: of the 11 playoff goals he’s scored in his career, four have been game-winners, including the Cup-clincher for Anaheim in 2007.
Regular vs. post-season: The Capitals may have boasted the league’s top power play this year, but it’s been dormant since the final buzzer in Game 82 of the regular season. So far in the series, the Habs have given up just one goal in 24 chances with the Washington man advantage.
Standing tall : Hal Gill may not be the fastest Hab on the ice, but that hasn’t stopped the 6-foot-7 blue-liner from putting the brakes on speedster Alexander Ovechkin. Named the third star after putting in just over 25:00 minutes in Game 5, Gill added another five blocked shots to his impressive dossier in the series, leading the Habs with 20 in just five games so far.
One at a time
See you Monday!
Welcome back, Halak
The Numbers Game - April 23, 2010