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Dustin Tokarski is playing admirably long after Whale troubles

Montreal Canadians starting goalie Dustin Tokarski once had trouble with the Whale.
Montreal Canadians starting goalie Dustin Tokarski once had trouble with the Whale.

The injury to starting goaltender Carey Price put the Montreal Canadians in a panic to pick an emergency replacement. They chose their AHL goaltender Dustin Tokarski. You may recall Tokarski anchored the net for the incredible 28 game win streak the Norfolk Admirals had in 2011-12. Norfolk went on to win the Calder Cup that year but along the way Tokarski and the Admirals were in rough seas for a few games against the Connecticut Whale.

The Whale put together a nine game playoff run in 2011-12. They lost to the Admirals in 6 games after sweeping the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in three games in the first round. They finished 5-4 in those 9 playoff games. Tokarski was the starting goaltender against the Connecticut Whale at least until a pivotal game five. Tokarski had not lost a game for the Admirals since February 5, the game before the 28 game winning streak.

The Whale broke his winning streak and beat him in Game Two and in Game Four. In the four games the Whale scored 11 goals on Tokarski, and averaged one goal for every ten shots they took. With the series now tied at two games a piece, Admiral head coach Mark Morris decided to make a change in net. Jaroslav Janus replaced Tokarski in game five and he shut out the Whale 4-0, he also won game six in overtime 2-1, ending the Whale's post season. It was too much to ask for the Whale to adjust to a different net minder in the series, plus having to play a pivotal home game on neutral ice in Bridgeport due to a scheduling conflict with the circus at the XL Center.

Now it is the Rangers who are going to have to adjust to a different net minder and it's Tokarski. The only Whale players currently on the New York Ranger roster who were in that Norfolk series are J.T. Miller and Cam Talbot. Since it seems unlikely Talbot will shoot the puck in a game anytime soon it is up to J.T. Miller. Tokarski has been very successful at the AHL level but the next few games against the New York Rangers will be his greatest test.