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Dustin Tokarski to get start for Canadiens again in Game 3

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Dustin Tokarski will lead the Habs onto the ice again. (Getty Images)
Dustin Tokarski will lead the Habs onto the ice again. (Getty Images)

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Dustin Tokarski's playoff debut went well enough in Game 2 for the Montreal Canadiens that he will get the start again in Game 3 on Thursday night in New York.

After the injury to Carey Price in the first game, a 7-2 loss to the New York Rangers, coach Michel Therrien elected to go with the very inexperienced Tokarski over his veteran backup Peter Budaj.

It was a decision that was easy to question but in the end, didn't look so bad. Sure, the Canadiens lost the game 3-1 but Tokarski didn't play poorly. At this point, without your No. 1 goaltender, that's about the most you can ask for; just don't lose us the game.

One of the Rangers' goals went in off a Habs defender and another was on the power play with a rocket of a shot in which Tokarski had little chance. The problem wasn't Tokarski in net, it was Henrik Lundqvist in the Rangers' net.

Why did Therrien not go with Budaj in Game 2 to open the door for Tokarski to start again in Game 3? Despite a respectable .909 save percentage in 24 games as the backup, Budaj has a terrible track record in the postseason with a career save percentage of .843 in seven games and a 5.10 goals against average. That made Tokarski's lack of any NHL playoff games not look so bad.

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