Montreal Canadiens goalie, Dustin Tokarski, earned his first career playoff win Thursday night against the New York Rangers.
When asked if he would ever have imagined outplaying Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, he responded during an after game interview:
“I’d think they had a little too much to drink. But you know, that’s what the sport is all about. You never know what can happen, and I’m just taking it all in right now.”
Canadiens coach, Michel Therrien praised Tokarski:
“Dustin Tokarski was phenomenal tonight. He’s a battler, and most important thing, he’s a winner. You’ve got to give a lot of credit to the Rangers. They got out of the gate tonight like we did at the Bell Centre our last game. We weathered the storm, and I felt our team played with more confidence as the game went on. But without Tokarski’s performance, probably the result would have been different.”
A relative unknown a week ago, Tokarski is now the talk of the NHL. He played Game 2 of the series with some bumps and bruises but came out swinging in Game 3. Tokarski regained composure and faced the pressure of a playoff game with better control.
“I definitely felt a little more comfortable and in control,” Tokarski said. “I controlled more rebounds that game.”
The win makes the series 2-1, keeping the Canadiens from entering a 3-0 deficit.