Jaroslav Halak Is the Goalie Boston Needs Right Now

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John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jaroslav Halak is not a backup goalie; he was just playing one on TV for a while. But the veteran Bruins netminder has been tossed back into the spotlight after Boston mate Tuukka Rask left the NHL playoff bubble in order to deal with a family emergency.

Since then, the Bruins haven’t missed a beat – and why should they? Halak has proven time and again in his career that he is capable of carrying a heavy load and doing more than his fair share to get a win. In Game 1 of Boston’s second-round series against Tampa Bay, that meant shutting the door in a big second period that saw the Lightning blitz the Bruins’ net with some excellent chances, all of which were turned away by Halak in an eventual 3-2 victory.