Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak turned aside 24 of 26 shots, but was on the losing end of Monday's Game 7 against the Capitals.

Halak turned in another solid performance, but his mates mustered just 11 shots as he suffered the tough-luck loss in the decisive game of the series. The 29-year-old started a career-high 59 games this season as he easily set a new career-best mark with 38 wins. After that showing in the regular season and a strong postseason performance, Halak figures to once again be the main man in net for the Isles in the 2015-16 season.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak will start in net for Monday's Game 7 matchup against the Capitals.

Halak has started every game in the series, so it's no surprise he'll be in net once again Monday with the series on the line. It's win or go home for Halak and the Isles, and he'll look to follow up a strong performance in Game 6 with another one in Game 7.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak denied 38 of 39 shots in Saturday's Game 6 victory over the Capitals.

Halak was strong in goal from most of the day, but also benefited from a some fortunate luck at the tail end of the game. After teammate Nikolay Kulemin tallied the eventual game-winner about midway through the third period, Halak nearly let in the tying goal four minutes later from the Caps' Jay Beagle, whose shot attempt off a rebound elevated over the goalie and hit the crossbar before Isles defenseman Johnny Boychuk shuffled the puck to safety. Halak's .974 save percentage was his best mark of the series, and should give him some confidence heading into Monday's Game 7 in Washington.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak will be between the pipes in Saturday's Game 6 against the Capitals, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Despite being pulled in the third period of Thursday's Game 5 after allowing five goals on 35 shots, the Islanders will turn to Halak once again for Game 6 on Saturday. He'll need to turn in a much better performance in Game 6 for the Islanders to have any chance at evening the series at three games a piece.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak was tagged for five goals on 35 shots Thursday in a Game 5 loss to the Capitals. He was relieved with 11 minutes remaining in the third period.

With that, the Caps have swung the series in the opposite direction, having turned the Islanders' 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit. Michal Neuvirth stopped all six shots in relief, but it's hard to believe that the Isles will turn away from Halak in Game 6 even though he's allowed four or more goals in four of his last eight games. At least in the other four, he's only allowed a grand total of five goals.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak will be in the crease for Thursday's Game 5 against the Capitals, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

Halak has fared well thus far in the playoffs, posting a 1.92 GAA and .930 save percentage over four games. Unfortunately for the Islanders, Braden Holtby has been equally solid in the Capitals' net, keeping the series tied at two games as it returns to Washington. Expect both coaches to ride their respective No. 1 goalies until the series is decided.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak stopped 28 of 30 shots Tuesday in Game 4 against Washington, but was stuck with a series-tying 2-1 loss.

Other than a four-goal Game 2 misstep, Halak's been largely unimpeachable in this series; the Isles' offense, however, has evaporated against Braden Holtby and the Washington defense. Now the series heads back to the Capitals' home ice, where Halak is likely to draw the start in Thursday's Game 5.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak will start Tuesday's Game 4 against the Capitals, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports.

Halak has allowed six goals on 79 shots (.924 save percentage) through the first three games of the series, helping the Islanders jump out to a 2-1 lead. Barring a complete meltdown that lasts multiple games, he'll continue to start every playoff contest for the Isles.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak stopped 24 of 25 shots in Sunday's Game 3 win over the Capitals.

He wasn't tested as heavily as in Friday's Game 2, but it was a much better outing for Halak as he's now held the Caps to a single goal in two of the three games of the series. Braden Holtby was superb on the other end, so Halak will have to keep up this level of play in order to maintain the series lead before heading back to Washington.

Jaroslav Halak G NYI 4 months ago

Halak will man the net for Sunday's Game 3 matchup with the Islanders, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.

Halak stopped 31 of the 35 shots he faced in the second game, but it wasn't enough for the Isles to come out on top. He'll look for a better outcome Sunday against the high-powered Capitals.