Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/24/14 at 11:35 AM ET
from Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the StarPhoenix,
Milt Kerpan's vantage point of Dustin Tokarski has changed. What he's seeing from the goaltender through his television has not.
"Watching him play as a youngster, he found a way to stop the puck," said Kerpan, who coached minor hockey in Watson for 22 years. "It was sometimes a bit unorthodox; sometimes very cool and calm. He would never get rattled. He would just focus and keep on going. "I kept thinking back to what I had seen as he played through his minor hockey and midget and junior." Tokarski, 24, has created plenty of buzz after guiding the Montreal Canadiens back into their Eastern Conference final series against the New York Rangers on Thursday night. He made 35 stops in a 3-2 overtime victory in Game 3. The Watson native was called into duty by the Canadiens after Carey Price was injured earlier in the series.
He's gone from being the third-stringer keeper to all the rage in the farming community - especially for Habs fans like Kerpan. "To have one of our own kids from town playing for Montreal is just tremendously exciting," Kerpan said. "Everyone in town is talking about it.
Everyone in town is following it to see how he does.
"You want to see him play well. You want to see him enjoy the experience. You just keep cheering for him and cheering for him."
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