Halak

Halak

A major reason the Boston Bruins have been able to succeed even while dealing with injuries to key players this season and last has been the play of their goaltenders — Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez last year and Thomas with Alex Auld in the second half of last year.

Last night the Montreal Canadiens found out how difficult it is to overcome a rash of injuries when the puck-stopper doesn’t hold up his end of the bargain. Habs head coach Guy Carbonneau was critical of the play of back-up Jaroslav Halak after a 4-1 loss to New Jersey, as Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reported today.

Of course, the task always gets tougher when one of the key players out with injury is the No. 1 netminder, in this case Carey Price (day-to-day with an lower-body injury).

MK: This is the bed Montreal made last year when it dealt Cristobal Huet and went into this season with the same duo that finished up last spring. If Price misses significant time, it’s doubtful Halak has the staying power to keep the Canadiens afloat.