(Ottawa) Dustin Tokarski has a great chance to cement his place behind Carey Price and silence its critics. He missed his chance.
The Canadiens goalie had another difficult evening in goal and his team fell 5-4 pavilion, in the last game of the preseason Habs.
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Tokarski allowed five goals on just 15 shots. If one adds the three goals on 22 shots he had allowed his own half during game against the Capitals last week, it gives him a not very pretty efficient, 784 to camp.
The evening started badly when Chris Neil beat him with a shot fifty feet. The puck deflected off the stick of Alex Galchenyuk when Neil unsheathed, Tokarski and immediately launched a glance at his young teammate. That said, there was no talk of a very dangerous fire.
Tokarski could not however do anything on purpose to Mike Hoffman, who was alone in front of him after a bad turnaround advised Dale Weise. But he again seemed wrong end of the period, a shot by Chris Wideman. Yet he had to perform a flight against Kyle Turris.
The number 35 once sold in the second period on a good shot of veiled always dangerous Mark Stone. For cons, the game seemed strange because of the total absence of reaction Tokarski.
In the third period, Tokarski was not much to be put in the tooth for redemption. One shot in the first six minutes, but a very dangerous: Turris in a 2 against 1. Tokarski took out his glove to make his best save of the evening. And the only other shot he received a typing Cody Ceci, beat him. Note, however, that the giant Jarred Tinordi blocking his view.
It will be interesting to see if its average performance, combined with the excellent performance of Mike Condon (no goals allowed on 38 shots) will force Marc Bergevin to change the hierarchy of his guards.
Dynamic Power play
At the other end, rookie goaltender Matt O’Connor took advantage of an unexpected departure because of the injury to Andrew Hammond, auxiliary waited behind Craig Anderson.
Excluding the purpose of Dale Weise, scored on a routine shot, O’Connor has done very well, he was bombarded with 19 shots in the first period only.
Alex Galchenyuk, an unstoppable shot wrists, Brendan Gallagher, who deflected a shot from Nathan Beaulieu and Max Pacioretty late in the game also beat him.
Two of those goals came on the power play, an encouraging sign for the team, especially as the pillars at the tip, Andrei Markov and PK Subban, enjoyed a night off. In the first period, Montrealers totaled eight shots in two power plays!
In addition to the two defenders, Alexander Semin was also at rest. In his absence, his usual companions trio Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk were paired with more limited Zack Kassian, and it showed. Eller and Galchenyuk were not as threatening.
The Canadiens Sunday drive off, but if we go to last year, the latter camp day could be hectic. It is indeed in this same Sunday that the Habs had traded Peter Budaj to make room for Tokarski.