Dustin Tokarski will get the start in tonight’s Game 2 between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers.
Tokarski has won a Memorial Cup, Calder Cup and World Junior Gold Medal*. He’s no stranger to pressure situations. I’m sure any Canadian hockey fan can remember Pierre McGuire’s freakout when Tokarski made a great save against Team USA. In fact, that’s what I think about any time I hear his name.
*I saw Tokarski with his Gold Medal in the Saskatoon airport. We were on the same flight from Calgary to Saskatoon.
You could argue that Tokarski wasn’t the reason those teams won. And I would agree. I will also add that he doesn’t need to be the reason the Canadiens win this round. In fact, if the Canadiens rely on him to win, quite simply, they won’t.
This is not the best case scenario for the Canadiens, but if nothing else it may help them get their head on straight and play a complete game.