Last word from Caps-Habs

April, 27, 2010

MONTREAL -- Jaroslav Halak, the master of the understatement, was asked to describe his 53-save effort in Game 6 of the East quarterfinals.

"I don't know. I would say another day in the office. That's what I would say," Halak said.

Thank goodness for others like Mike Cammalleri, who were able to put it in perhaps a more eloquent perspective.

"Tonight was one of those superb performances. It'll be on ESPN Classic or TSN Classics tomorrow," Cammalleri said.

Many people will suggest Halak is in the Caps' heads, and Washington coach Bruce Boudreau acknowledged that perhaps his scorers are looking for the perfect spot instead of just blasting away.

"Yep, that's absolutely what happens," Boudreau said. "Instead of just shooting, you try to be too fine, you try to pick two-inch spots, and what ends up going in is a wide shot that's redirected, you know, that he had no chance on."

Goalie change for Caps?

No doubt Washington fans will wonder about a possible goaltending change for Game 7. But Boudreau didn't seem to be leaning in that direction, even though he didn't like Cammalleri's second goal, or Montreal's third tally, a high, hard shot by Maxim Lapierre.

"I mean, I'm no goalie, but maybe [Semyon Varlamov] should have had it," Boudreau said. "It was a good shot right under the bar. He'd been sitting there, not getting a lot of shots for the last 40 minutes, so maybe he was, I don't know. It was a real good shot. I don't want to fault him on any of them.

"I wasn't in any way ready to pull him because of those two because I couldn't see how he saw them."

That said, Boudreau did say he thought Jose Theodore would be ready if he decided to go that direction.

"I could [make a switch]," he said. "I don't know. I haven't gotten that far yet, it's just 15 minutes after the game. I'm sure Theo would be ready if we decided to [do] that."

Our guess? If Boudreau was going to make a switch, he would have gone to Theodore to start the third period to give him some work before Wednesday.

Super Subban

We wondered what all the excitement was when Montreal announced Monday morning that defenseman P.K. Subban was being brought up from the farm team in Hamilton. But the team's top defensive prospect didn't disappoint. He played with great poise, handling the puck, moving it out of the defensive zone and jumping into the play.

He played 10:02 and collected an assist in his first NHL playoff game.

"I don't think you have time to think if you're ready or not," Subban said. "The reality is, you're playing. You've got to figure it out. … You've got to do the things that give you success. With me, it's my ability to try and make plays. I tried my best to do that. [Montreal coach] Jacques [Martin] told me I did a good job, so that's good to hear, too."

Scott Burnside

ESPN Senior Writer



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