The Boston Bruins honored Jaroslav Halak Tuesday night ahead of their matchup with the Calgary Flames at TD Garden.
Why? Because Halak is one of 74 goaltenders in NHL history to play 500 career games.
The B's backup goaltender received plenty of praise from current and past teammates:
Torey Krug and Brad Marchand just had to pose in the back of Jaroslav Halak’s picture pic.twitter.com/iAcgWaWq3Z— Evan Marinofsky (@emarinofsky) February 26, 2020
Halak, in his 14th NHL season, spent time with the Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders before joining the Bruins in 2018. Game No. 500 came earlier this season and Halak has now totaled 518 in his career (482 starts). He is 270-167-58 with a 2.48 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and 50 shutouts overall.
The 34-year-old has been a solid backup for Tuukka Rask and has pushed him to play better when necessary. Halak is16-6-6 this season with a 2.42 GAA and .918 save percentage with three shutouts.
Halak's contract expires after this season, and although he's been stellar, he could possibly find a new home next season if Boston signs its free agents Torey Krug, Jake DeBrusk, Zdeno Chara, Matt Grzelcyk and others.