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‘He’s a winner': Tokarski leads Habs to Game 3 victory

May 22, 2014, 11:54 PM EST

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His first career Stanley Cup playoff victory came at the most important time in the Montreal Canadiens season.

Dustin Tokarski was the best player by a long shot for the Habs in their 3-2 overtime victory over the host New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday. The Canadiens are back in the series, trailing only 2-1. A loss and they would’ve been facing elimination.

The Canadiens are still in tough to win this series, especially without their star netminder Carey Price.

But Tokarski was called upon yet again and came up big, making 35 saves. He robbed Martin St. Louis with a sprawling glove save in the second period, and then denied St. Louis again with less than a minute remaining in regulation time and Montreal up by a goal. T

The Rangers tied it up just a few seconds later, on a pass out front that went off the skate of Montreal defenseman Alexei Emelin. Hard to fault Tokarski on that one.

Overall, he was the difference. The Habs were outshot 37-25 on the evening.

“Dustin Tokarski was phenomenal tonight. He’s a battler and most importantly he’s a winner,” said Montreal’s head coach Michel Therrien, as per Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

“Without Tokarski’s performance, probably the result would have been different,” Therrien added.

  1. jkaplan11 - May 23, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    In Dust we Trust!

  2. bruceboudreauchokejob - May 23, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    He may be a winner, but I am not

  3. jason9696 - May 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    He was a lot better than P.K. Subban tonight. Subban was absolutely brutal.

    • dolphincult - May 23, 2014 at 12:38 AM

      obviously pk is banged up. suddenly he has no 2nd gear. no need to pile on. there is an obvious dropoff in his play feom the past 2 rounds.

  4. 950003cups - May 23, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    That kid is gonna be a star. But too many rebounds from him. Reminds me of my last Open Hockey session.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - May 23, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Was watching the end of the game down at local night club in Pittsburgh and everyone watching said that the Canadiens deserved this game after that flukey goal to tie.

    • bruceboudreauchokejob - May 23, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Briere scored a flukey goal too, how about the game winner in OT, can’t get much more flukey than that

      • joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        Remove the flukey goals and you have a 1-0 win for the Habs. I had the Habs in 7 games, but that all changes now with Price out.

        The positive note for the Habs is that they get another gate receipt which equates to approx. 1.8 mil in their coffers. That has to feel good from the business side of things.

  6. gbart22 - May 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    I’m in shower

    • bruceboudreauchokejob - May 23, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      WTF?

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      Waterproof keyboard.

  7. gbart22 - May 23, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Lmao oops thought that was typing in a text.

    But can we chill with the “he’s a winner” he’ll be a star” talk. The guy could lose the next two games letting 4 goals in a game will he still be a star? Or a winner? Or will he be a guy like fleury who in fans minds stinks in the playoffs?

    Fans are beyond dumb. I hate this world of instant gratification where we over react to every single minute of every single game. We as a people need to find something better to do with our time and just enjoy things for what they are at the moment.

    • dolphincult - May 23, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      relax bart, let the kid have his moment. don’t be such a boo bird

    • classicdbrown - May 23, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      you text while you’re in the shower?

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 23, 2014 at 2:11 AM

        Well they do make waterproof cases lol

      • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        Figures a penguin knows about waterproof keyboards.

    • blomfeld - May 23, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Notwithstanding showers, men, PHT and such as …

      Comrade Gbart22 …
      I’ll have you know friend that this statement of yours that “I hate this world of instant gratification” is one of the most ‘oft’ used laments in the ‘real’ world of Blomfeld ! Yes sir ! In fact I discuss this very subject ‘constantly’ with various customers, friends, lovers and ‘Joe’ public at large. As I see it, the more we race to do everything faster and more efficiently as ‘they’ would have us believe, in the end we’re ‘actually’ become slower and less efficient. Take the wonderful game of golf for example, where club memberships are now shrinking and public courses are hurting. The typical ‘punk’ today is loath to expend 4 x hours of time pursuing one of the greatest games ever invented. Rather, he will choose to play a ‘virtual’ round on his I-phone within 60 seconds and then move on to the next ‘useless & meaningless’ activity (ie: tweeting, skyping, texting, etc). I’m personally saddened by the direction our society is now heading and I fear for it’s ultimate fate. Nonetheless, in the meantime I will continue to pursue life the way it was always ‘meant’ to be pursued … with patience, joy, conviction, values, honor, integrity, aplomb, bravery, decency, honesty, compassion, vision, empathy, love … and last but not least, an ardent and ‘unwavering’ belief that the LA Kings are the ‘greatest’ ever ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. dolphincult - May 23, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Ole!

  9. blomfeld - May 23, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    *** TOP NHL GOALIES as per Jean Richard @ Le Figaro Sports ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Dustin Tokarski :) :) :)
    4) Jonathan Bernier
    5) Ben Scrivens

    988) Jim Neighbors
    989) Eydie Gormé
    990) Corey Crawford

  10. 1harrypairatesties - May 23, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Jean Richard sucks and so does Rosemount and so do you. , eh ?

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Expert of sucking, EH?

      • blomfeld - May 23, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        LOL James ! :) … though in fairness to Hairypanties, she is a woman eh ? :)

  11. pfhockey - May 23, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    WHY DID YZERMAN TRADE HIM!?!?!?

    • joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      The Lightning traded one minor league goaltender for another as it shipped Dustin Tokarski to the Canadiens for Cedrick Desjardins, and Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman was clear he believed the Lightning made at least a short-term upgrade at AHL Syracuse.

      “We felt in the event we needed to recall a goalie due to injury (to either Anders Lindback or Mathieu Garon), we weren’t comfortable with our options right now,” Yzerman said. “And with Cedrick, we’re more comfortable that if we needed to recall a goaltender due to injury, that he’s more ready to do that.”

      Yzerman also said the goaltending, generally, at Syracuse “hasn’t been up to par. We want to give our team the best opportunity to make the playoffs and, hopefully, do well in the playoffs. So, We were looking to upgrade there, too.”

      – TB Times

      • pfhockey - May 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        I know that but we were in a downward spiral then and Cedric wouldn’t have played any better than Dustin. Based on his stats, and it was right.

  12. johnstone17 - May 23, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    The Rangers really have not gotten sustained traffic in front of him yet. If they don’t, they are going to have a tough time scoring.

    • joey4id - May 23, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Indeed! Same holds true for the Habs and what they need to do to beat Lundqvist.

  13. terrier92 - May 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I’ll admit it I was wrong. Thought it was a bad decision. The kid was good. Guess why that is why I watch on the couch and not from behind bench.

    • jimeejohnson - May 23, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Refreshing, unlike so many “coaches” who think they know better.

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