Tokarski, Dustin

AHL Game Night: 12-2-11



Jaroslav Janus allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss. He's dropped 4 of his last 5 and his save percentage has fallen to .890. Considering Dustin Tokarski has won 4 of his last 5, there's some separation between the two that is being established.

First Period
ADK McGinn, (3) (Holmstrom, Akeson), 5:49 (PP)
NOR Ashton, (13) (Johnson, Jackson), 6:18

Second Period
ADK Holmstrom, (5) (Testwuide, Hamel), 7:23
ADK McGinn, (4) , 13:02

Third Period
ADK Jancevski, (2) (Harper, Kessel), 4:09
ADK Hamel, (10) , 14:50 (EN)

At least Carter Ashton broke his 5 game scoreless streak.

New Admirals Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg were not in the lineup for the Ads.

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AHL Game Night: 11-26-11 Bruins at Admirals

It's a Panik attack!


Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the win.

First Period

Second Period
PRO Hennessy, (6) (Arniel, Bartkowski), 11:35
NOR Labrie, (5) (Gudas, Angelidis), 16:32

Third Period
NOR Panik, (3) (Wright, Palat), 9:59
NOR Wright, (1) (Panik, Palat), 12:40
PRO Cunningham, (2) (Bartkowski, Arniel), 19:46

Tokarski, Richard Panik (pictured), and James Wright were the game's three stars.

As I mentioned after last night's game, it's hard to beat a team on back-to-back nights when you really beat them badly on the first night. There's a tendency to come out complacent while they come out flying because they don't want to be embarrassed again. That happened tonight, to the tune of a 13-7 shot advantage for the Bruins that was much wider the first 10-15 minutes of play, but Tokarski held the game close and allowed the Admirals to gain their legs.

In the third period, the game was broken open by the line of Palat/Wright/Panik. It's hard to believe that was just Wright's first goal of the season, but perhaps now he has a stable line to run on. He'd be the "Oh Canada!" in the Czech-Oh-Slovakia line.

Norfolk is 2 points back of the Penguins in 2nd place in the East Division and 4th overall in the Eastern Conference. They draw the Pens in a key divisional showdown on Tuesday in Norfolk.

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AHL Game Night: 11-19-11 Admirals at IceCaps

Should've saved some goals for tonight.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
STJ Holzapfel, (7) (Klingberg, Postma), 2:05 (PP)
STJ Machacek, (3) , 18:02

Second Period
NOR Conacher, (9) , 0:27

Third Period
STJ Murray, (1) (Clark, Albert), 2:18

Cory Conacher, the non-prospect prospect, was the game's third star.

It's just so difficult to beat a team on back-to-back nights, and it sometimes seems to be harder when you dominate them on the first night. Tonight, Peter Mannino had the wall up for the baby Jets, and that was the difference.

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AHL Game Night: 11-12-11 Admirals at Penguins

Norfolk re-finds its offense.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
WBS Williams, (3) (McDonald, Lerg), 1:13
NOR Gudas, (3) (Tyrell, Wyman), 15:01 (SH)

Second Period
WBS Street, (2) (Bortuzzo, Sneep), 0:56 (PP)
WBS Dimitrakos, (4) (Gibbons), 1:52

Third Period
NOR Conacher, (7) (Fornataro, Barberio), 1:56 (PP)
NOR Barberio, (3) (Dimmen, Smith), 8:26 (PP)
NOR Tyrell, (4) (Barberio, Angelidis), 11:23
NOR Conacher, (8) (Dimmen), 19:58 (EN/PP)

Mark Barberio (pictured) and Dana Tyrell were the game's first and second stars.

It took 40 minutes, but the Admirals re-found their offense and their power play, based partly on Barberio's 3-point period. His effort moved him back into the top slot amongst all AHL defensemen in scoring. What's more exceptional, to me, is that he's at 15 points in 14 games. A point-a-game pace is so difficult to maintain at the AHL level, and especially by a defenseman. He had 31 points all of last season, in 68 games. He's pretty much halfway to that mark already.

Tyrell snapped a 5 game scoreless streak with his 3rd multi-point game of the season.

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AHL Game Night: 11-9-11 Penguins at Admirals

Admirals flub their first crack at the Penguins this year.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Tangradi, (6) (Street, Despres), 4:46 (PP)
NOR Conacher, (5) (Johnson, Vernace), 8:35 (PP)
WBS Street, (1) , 13:27
WBS Despres, (2) (Street, Craig), 16:48

Second Period

Third Period
NOR Labrie, (3) (Ashton, Smith), 16:41
WBS Tangradi, (7) , 19:38 (EN)

Pierre-Cedric Labrie (Real Canadian Hero) was the game's third star.

Norfolk put themselves in a bad spot falling behind 3-1 with 2 quick goals late in the first period, and you can't do that against quality opposition like the Penguins.

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Prospect of the Week (11.6.11)

This season Bolt Prospects introduced our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their on-ice contributions. There are no trophies or plaques or blue sports jackets involved, but we’re fairly certain this award will be tattooed on someone at some time.

Quite simply, we wanted to highlight prospects throughout the year to help fans get better acquainted with the next round of Lightning stars while recognizing the prospect’s achievement on the ice.

This week’s BP Prospect of the Week award goes to … Dustin Tokarski, Norfolk (AHL).

In his first two starts of the year, Dustin Tokarski, the Lightning’s top goaltending prospect, allowed 11 goals. In his next five games, he’s given up a total of five goals.

Tokarski earned our First Star of the Week for a 37-save shutout on Sunday in Providence, and a 20-save performance in a 1-0 loss in Albany on Friday. His 0.50 GAA and .983 save percentage for the week has helped solidify Tokarski as the Lightning’s No.3 goaltender and Norfolk’s unquestioned starter. Don’t be surprised if Admirals Head Coach Jon Cooper gives “The Tik” extra starts in the coming days and weeks as Tokarski has a history of month-long streaks like this where he is nearly impossible to beat.

AHL Game Night: 11-6-11 Admirals at Bruins

Tic throws his hat in the ring for Prospect of the Week.


Dustin Tokarski (pictured) had a 37 save shutout victory. In his 2 starts this weekend, he stopped 47 of 48 shots he faced, and it's only crummy goal support that kept him from going 2-0-0. He's pushed his save percentage back up over .900 (.903) and his GAA has pushed back down to 2.54. Remember, he gave up 11 goals in his first 2 starts this year, so this is significant improvement.

First Period
NOR Labrie, (2) (Ashton, Landry), 8:19
NOR Angelidis, (2) (Conacher, Dimmen), 18:15

Second Period

Third Period
NOR Ashton, (11) (Labrie), 14:24

Tokarski, Carter Ashton, and Pierre-Cedric Labrie (A Real Canadian Hero) were the game's three stars.

No player splits opinion on the Bolt Prospects staff like Labrie, whose skating is stiff as a corpse but works his butt off on every shift and hits everything that moves. To me, Labrie is one of those guys like Corey Spring, back-in-the-day, who is a good minor league soldier who gives you so much more than the sum of his parts.

Ashton, ho hum, temporarily moves back into a tie for 3rd in the league in scoring, and first in goals.

Still no Ritola in the lineup. Norfolk returns home Wednesday night to square off with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in their first encounter of the season with the hated Pens.

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AHL Game Night: 11-4-11 Admirals at Devils

Norfolk shut down for the first time this year.


Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 21 shots, but took the hard luck loss.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period
ALB Taormina, (2) (Gionta, Zharkov), 5:20

Norfolk outshot Albany 34-21 in the game. Not too complicated, though: you have to score goals to win game.

Norfolk rolls into Bridgeport tomorrow.

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AHL Game Night: 10-28-11 Admirals at Bruins

Dominant, workmanlike win.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Ashton, (8) (Gudas, Picard), 4:30
NOR Smith, (4) (Labrie, Ashton), 19:26

Second Period
NOR Tyrell, (2) (Wyman), 2:49
PRO Cunningham, (1) (Bartkowski, MacDonald), 17:21

Third Period
PRO Chaput, (2) (Miller, Bodnarchuk), 4:05 (SH)
NOR Dimmen, (1) (Picard, Conacher), 7:01 (PP)

Carter Ashton and Alexandre Picard were the game's first and second stars.

With his 2 point night, Ashton is now tied for 5th in the league in scoring at 13 points, 3 points back of Joe Colborne of Toronto. Teammate Cory Conacher (pictured) is now tied for 8th in the league, 2 points back of Ashton with 11. The two forwards pace all AHL rookies in scoring.

Norfolk outshot Providence 41-22 in the game, and subsequently doubled them up on the scoreboard.

With the win, Norfolk leaps Hershey for the top spot in the league at 13 points after the Bears stubbed their toes in Springfield in overtime tonight. Their 40 goals scored also pace the league. On paper, this is a championship caliber team, if they get the goaltending and if their defense continues to mature as the season churns on.

They roll into Syracuse tomorrow night to face a tough test against a Crunch team that has only lost once, so far, in regulation.

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AHL Game Night: 10-23-11 Admirals at Checkers

Admirals run into a hot goalie.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period

Second Period
NOR Ashton, (6) (Barberio, Conacher), 8:19 (PP)
CHA Jordan, (1) (Blanchard, Pistilli), 11:42
CHA McNicoll, (1) (Pistilli, Terry), 19:39 (PP)

Third Period
CHA Bowman, (4) (Matsumoto, Samson), 18:40

Carter Ashton was the game's third star.

Norfolk outshot Charlotte 45-30, but Checkers goaltender Mike Murphy made 44 saves.

Mark Barberio snapped a 3 game scoreless streak with a helper in the contest.

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