You have to give Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien credit, he’s got guts.
After learning that starting goalie Carey Price would miss the rest of the NHL’s Eastern Conference Final with a knee injury, the Habs bench boss opted to start Dustin Tokarski in net instead of backup Peter Budaj.
It’s a gutsy call, because if Tokarski can’t handle the heat of the Stanley Cup playoffs, how can you possibly go to Budaj and tap him on the shoulder?
The mixed messages would cripple any team.
In choosing the Bulldogs netminder over the Habs backup, Therrien called Tokarski “a winner.”
The Saskatchewan native has won the Calder Cup, Memorial Cup, and a world junior championship, and despite a couple of shaky moments in Game 2 last night, Tokarski played fairly well.
The problem is Henrik Lundqvist is playing off the charts and the Rangers have a 2-0 series lead on Montreal heading back to the Big Apple.
“King Henry” has carried the Blueshirts to five straight wins and is doing his best Mike Richter impression, who the Rangers rode all the way to the Cup in 1994.
Montreal isn’t out of it, they had a chance to tie the series last night, but couldn’t get another goal.
They most certainly have to win Game 3 at MSG, or this series, and their season, is over.