Fri Apr 23 10:53pm EDT
WASHINGTON, DC -- The last time Jaroslav Halak(notes) played at Verizon Center, the Montreal Canadiens lost control of their first-round series against the Washington Capitals, who rallied by scoring with 1:21 left in regulation and then 31 seconds into overtime to even the series, 1-1.
Footage after the goal does indeed show Halak's right arm twitching noticeably as he takes a swig from his water bottle. But was it a sign of nervousness or just involuntary nerves? Watch the video and judge for yourself.
"I watched the replay when (Fehr) scored the goal and his arm was shaking when he drink water," Ovechkin told reporters after Washington's comeback victory. "So he's nervous. He knows the pressure's on him and it's a good sign for us."
Did Ovechkin have a point? Not based on Halak's performance in Game 5. The Client prolonged Montreal's postseason life with a 37-save performance in a 2-1 victory. Halak was steady all game and exceptional when he needed to be, stopping Ovechkin five times (though he scored on a rebound for the Caps' lone goal) and Alex Semin nine times, including two huge stops in the first period.
After the game in the dressing room, Halak addressed the Ovechkin "shaking" comments from Game 2:
It wasn't a perfect effort from Montreal, but it was an indication there's still life in that locker room. Michael Cammalleri(notes) was a force, Travis Moen(notes) played well, and Hal Gill(notes) filled Jaroslav Spacek's(notes) role in keeping Ovechkin in check.
After the game Coach Bruce Boudreau said his scorers missed really good looks, called out Semin for "12 games in a row that he hasn't" scored a goal, and said the Capitals let a game slip away. "We had a Game 5 in our building, and we played like crap in the first 10 minutes, and the game's over."