Jaroslav Halak of our St. Louis Blues got lit up like a Christmas tree this morning by Team USA at Shayba Arena in Sochi, allowing 5 goals on 25 shots before being yanked in the 2nd period. Jaro came into today’s game sporting a .902 Save % and a 2.41 GAA from 7-games in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. He was relieved by Montreal Canadien Peter Budaj, who allowed two more goals in a 7-1 Team USA victory.
Does this poor performance mean anything for Halak with regards to the rest of the Sochi Games? Will Budaj get the next start because of today’s poor performance? St. Louis Blues reporter Jeremy Rutherford Tweeted this after the game:
Halak wasn’t as bad as score indicates. Slovakian D still at hotel. #stlblues
Funny, yes, but this is the kind of thing many Blues fans have held against Jaro all season long, and really since he joined St. Louis: When his team plays poorly in front of him, he’s not the kind of top-tier goalie who can stand on his head and steal a game.
Now, we all know Halak can and has done just that for the Blues in his tenure, but do you think his NHL stock will be effected by his showing in Sochi? Will it matter to the Blues if he performs well against the Olympic teams?
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!