The Noon Number: This is 40 (for 41)

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A look at one goalie who (fortunately) seems to thrive under heavy fire

14 - Consecutive regular season games in which Jaroslav Halak has managed at least a point for his team (11-0-3) when facing 40 or more shots on goal, including two of his last three games for Washington, wins over Vancouver and Anaheim. In those games, he's posted a 2.07 goals against average and .952 save percentage. But you already knew that a heavy workload suits him well. (Don't worry - that last link isn't as bad as you fear it might be.)

Bonus nugget! From Vogs (who, if you're not reading after every game, you're frankly doing yourself a disservice):

Halak is the fourth Washington goaltender to earn at least four victories for the team this season. He joins Braden Holtby (19), Philipp Grubauer (six) and Michal Neuvirth in achieving that distinction.

This marks the first time since the 1989-90 season that Washington has had as many as four goaltenders each earn as many as four victories. Don Beaupre led the ’89-90 Capitals with 23 victories, and Jim Hrivnak (five) Bob Mason and Mike Liut (four each) also won at least a quartet of games. Teenaged rookie Olie Kolzig (0-2) was the only Caps netminder who did not record a victory that season.

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