Dustin Tokarski got the chance to take the net for the Montreal Canadiens. So obviously I was overcome with emotions and generally a wreck trying to watch the entire thing. I have been hoping that Tokarski’s trade would mean he would be getting a better chance to play at the NHL level.
I was nervous. The Ducks are fucking beasts sitting at the top of the league. Really, on paper it could have read that the Canadiens were feeding Tokarski to the wolves. They could have played Peter Budaj but instead Dustin got a chance to show everyone what he can do. It was a low-key event for them – a Wednesday night in Anaheim. You could see on his face how nervous he was but he shoved that aside.
Everyone else got to see a delightful goaltender owning his crease. For the game, I had the Anaheim feed the announcers were absolutely sweet and complimentary of Dustin’s presence for the entire game. Even the two goals he let in. It was curious, they weren’t even praising Ducks as much as they were Tokarski. Even when the puck took a weird bounce off the boards and ended up getting smacked into the back of his net. Instead of commenting on the luck of the Ducks finally tying up the game, they just said he needs to learn the quirks of the arena and how tricky the bounces of the corners were.
The Canadiens really seemed to be helping Tokarski out. They didn’t want to leave their goalie hanging in the wake of a Ducks onslaught. And honeybear saw like, 40 shots. He kept the team alive and saw them through overtime and then, the thing I seriously cannot handle, shootout. After six rounds, the Canadiens emerged victorious. There was one goal in shootout that Tokarski thought he hadn’t stopped and then lost the game. But in his sweeping the puck away in disgust, HE KEPT IT OUT OF THE NET.
Really I was so fucking proud of him. I was weeping happy tears after. I mean, this site is basically is my Trapper Keeper of love and devotion to him. If you squint you can see where I have scrawled MRS TOKARSKI-SAVES in the margins. I’ve always believed he was a gem and I hope he gets to stick around.
Because a Price-Tokarski goalie tandem is nightmare fuel. And one I wanna see at the 2018 Olympics.