Capitals-Canadiens: A Seventh Game Will Be Necessary.
For Game Six Monday evening at the Bell centre, the Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Jaroslav Halak elevated his game to the likes of Patrick Roy, Jose Theodore and Ken Dryden as he made a total of 53 saves in a 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
Those 53 saves constitute nothing less than the 3rd best performance by a goaltender in any playoff game in the club's history. Halak was sensational from start to finish, frustrating the Capitals forwards on many occasions. His only flaw came with merely five minutes to play.
On the offensive side, the Canadiens struck early once again as Michael Cammalleri scored two quick goals inside a two minute span halfway into the first period. The score remained unchanged until Maxim Lapierre gave the Habs a 3-0 lead halfway into the third frame. Tomas Plekanec completed the score for the home team in an empty net.
The series is now tied at 3 games apiece and a seventh game is required.
The Canadiens will feel like they have nothing to lose while the Capitals will probably feel a ton of pressure come game time. The Canadiens should try to lit the lamp early on the Capitals once again. The confidence level of the Capitals could drop dramatically should this scenario repeats once again.
Game Seven is scheduled for Wednesday and it should be a good one. Be there or be square!
(Picture: Jaroslav Halak and Hal Gill. Canadian Press.)