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by Paul on 05/29/14 at 10:44 AM ET
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
When Henrik Lundqvist was hooked from Tuesday night’s Game 5 in the Canadiens-Rangers series, you had to wonder about goaltending in the NHL East this year.
On paper, you are looking at one of the great goaltending mismatches in league history. The Rangers boast perhaps the best goaltender of this century to date, and while you’d most certainly get an argument on a lot of fronts making that contention, there is a strong case to be made for the Swede who has kept the Rangers on the map and in the playoffs for years behind some odd rosters.
On the other side, you have this would-be Rogatien Vachon figure in the Habs jersey, Dustin Tokarski, trying to become one of the Habs legendary rookies who come in and win a Stanley Cup the way Patrick Roy did in his first year in the league in 1993.
The only problem is, Tokarski is so far from a Roy it’s laughable. For starters, he hasn’t had a full season playing extremely well the way Roy did, nor does he appear to have anywhere near the kind of physical attributes or technique to even become a starter in the league much less a Hall of Famer.
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