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Posted at 1:24 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Halak and roll

By Ryan Cooper

Looking at tonight’s game against St. Louis, there isn’t much to be really “excited” about. Part of that is the NHL’s fault, which, because of its wacky scheduling policies, has the Caps playing Western Conference foes about as often as D.J. King gets into the lineup. Another part (along with late start times) is the lack of history between the two teams. Other than last year’s game, where Cam Janssen took a cheap shot at Matt Bradley and then bravely smashed his fist against Quintin Laing’s face until he got tired, can you really recall a “memorable” Caps/Blues contest?

But then again, St. Louis has “that guy” in goal, Jaroslav Halak, who for one shining moment last year in the playoffs turned into the reincarnation of Patrick Roy in 1985. I’m fairly sure that after his performance in that series, he sprouted wings and ascended into Caps Playoff Killer Heaven, where he was welcomed warmly by, among others, Johan Hedberg, Sidney Crosby, Dino Ciccarelli’s knee from 1990 and Esa Tikkanen.

I still can’t bring myself to watch any highlights from that series, although I probably should, because at some point I just stopped watching what the Caps were doing and could only marvel at what Halak was doing. That became the drama in the series. All you could do after the fifth different unbelievable save in a row or the umpteenth Alexander Semin wrister into the glass behind the net was shake your head and wonder what you had done to make the universe so angry at you for being a Caps fan.

And then, a week or two later, all my hatred and anger was gone, and he became my hero for thankfully and wonderfully ending Pittsburgh’s season and depriving us of back-to-back Penguins Stanley Cup Champions, a feat for which I cannot possibly thank him enough (he’s right up there with David Volek as a true champion of justice and mercy).

That being said, I hope we blow the guy’s doors off and pot four in the first so he gets the vaudeville hook. But if Alex Semin starts winging pucks into the glass again, forgive me if I give up and go to bed.

By Ryan Cooper  | December 1, 2010; 1:24 PM ET
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If Matt Bradley hadn't scored goal #5 in the dying moments of game 4, Carey Price might have returned to the line up for Game 5 on the road for Montreal.

That's about all I got, re: last season's collapse.

Posted by: GFisher1 | December 1, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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