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Darlene Tokarski on her son Dustin...
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."
What an utterly bizarre game. After the first-period shenanigans subsided, save some dramatic individual rushes, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers basically settled into a classic game of playoff chess-on-ice (not that Michel Therrien or Alain Vigneault have ever utilized trapping hockey, of course), and the third, fourth and fifth goals scored in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-2 OT victory all deflected into the net via players' body parts, including Alex Galchenyuk's winner, which went into the net because Henrik Lundqvist directed the rebound of Tomas Plekanec's shot into Galchenyuk's neck.
NHL.com's Dan Rosen summarizes the late-3rd-period and OT action, as well as the superb performance put in by Dustin Tokarski (though his board-stiff posture and hard-angle positioning are strikingly different from Carey Price's athletic, fluid style)...
Alex Galchenyuk scored off a rebound 1:12 into overtime to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory against the New York Rangers in Game 3 on Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
Galchenyuk scored after Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made a save on Tomas Plekanec's shot from the left circle. The rebound came out to the right and Galchenyuk was there to score his first goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his second game.
While the Montreal Canadiens were worried about their goaltending, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final, the goaltender opposite Dustin Tokarski stole the show, as the AP's recap of the New York Rangers' 3-1 win reports:
Henrik Lundqvist made 40 saves and Martin St. Louis scored in the second period as the New York Rangers earned a 3-1 victory over the Carey Price-less Montreal Canadiens on Monday.
The Rangers lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 2-0 heading back to New York for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on Sunday.
St. Louis scored a day after he and his teammates attended the funeral of his mother, who died just before Mother's Day. The Rangers have rallied around the grieving veteran and have won five in a row.
New York's Rick Nash also scored while Ryan McDonagh added a goal and an assist to give the defenseman six points in the opening two games of the series.
Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal, which outshot New York 41-30.
The AP's recap continues, and here's a highlight clip:
Dustin Tokarski of the Montreal Canadiens wants this one back..
For now, the Tampa Bay Lightning will roll on with three goaltenders.
But with Dwayne Roloson now in the fold, joining Dan Ellis and a still mending Mike Smith after Saturday’s trade with the New York Islanders, eventually, something will have to give.
Early indications seem to suggest Smith, who is close to returning from a recent knee injury, is the most logical odd man out for a variety of reasons, despite significant improvement in his play prior to getting hurt.
In the final year of a contract that carries a cap hit of $2.2-million dollars, it would make sense for the Lightning to try and deal Smith for whatever value the team could find before he hits unrestricted free agency at season’s end. That won’t exactly come easy, however, with the bottom line remaining some very unattractive numbers this year and overall statistics that have actually worsened consistently as the team in front of him has improved over the last three seasons. Add to that a history of injuries (Smith has appeared in less than half of Tampa’s games since the start of the 2008-09) and an unsavory dollar number for the kind of inconsistency he’s shown and it becomes awfully difficult to imagine logical trade scenarios involving the former Dallas Star.
If you’re looking for an update on Aunt Bessie’s cow, or information on last summer’s harvest, look on.
If, however, you’re looking for news and information on the top minor league affiliates of the NHL’s Southeast Division clubs, you’re in the right place.
In years past, I would run News from Norfolk as a regular feature on Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate and now, News from the Farm will feature the Charlotte Checkers, Chicago Wolves, Hershey Bears and Rochester Americans along with the Admirals, to follow the progress of the Southeast’s future stars at the AHL level (and, at least for now, Michael Nylander and Sheldon Souray too).
We’ll look at game results, standings, league and team-leading scorers and goaltenders, pick a player of the week, have a glance at the schedule ahead and keep you abreast of any other developments for these players and their clubs.
Thursday seemed as good a day as any for this weekly feature, so that’s where it will be slotted in to start (and this week, as the first installment, there’s plenty of AHL action to catch up on).
Without further delay, News from the Farm:
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Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.
Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.
But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.
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In a summer that has been, at the very least, stabilizing (if not downright successful) for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the vast majority of those taking notice of the work done throughout the organization have come away impressed – including the club’s latest addition, Jon Cooper, announced yesterday as head coach of the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals.
“The whole thing that drew me to (the club),” Cooper said, “Was the (positive) attitude and the people they’ve brought in.”
Now, included in that very group, Cooper is well aware of some fortunate timing for the two sides to come together.
“I wanted to go the AHL at some point,” explained Cooper, who leaves his post as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League’s Green Bay Gamblers. “I just probably didn’t think it was going to be right this second.”
But now that making that jump is indeed a reality for Cooper, his excitement and enthusiasm cannot be tempered and he gives his new bosses credit for finding him in their search.
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