We're pulling a Boston vs. St. Louis type of performance so far. A loss tomorrow in New Jersey, which would surprise me a lot less, would certainly be disheartening going into the break. It's just Atlanta, so we can come back. But Halak, if Price can stay healthy, won't see the net for weeks after this. His mediocre play is not excusable despite our winning. People get the idea he has been filling in heroically, but it's just not true.
Halak is a clear backup and will maybe be trade bait one day, but he'll have to take his seat to Carey and rightly so. This is, however, the first time he has put us behind the 8-ball so early on like this. Usually he saves his worst goaltending for the 3rd period where he's turned a few 2 or 3 goal victories in 1 goal victories, sometimes in the SO too. Still, it was the right decision to start him here.