Tokarski, Dustin

NHL Game Night: 3-10-12 Hurricanes at Lightning

The season slipping away.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. He'll probably beat himself up a little over the first and third goals, but on Skinner's goals, his defense did him no favors. I can deal with Hedman's mistakes at this stage. He's still a puppy. I've grown to deeply resent Eric Brewer, though.

First Period
TB Malone (13), (Pyatt, Connolly), 1:20
CAR Spacek (5), (McBain, Jokinen)(PP), 3:46
CAR Skinner (18), (Jokinen, Larose), 12:29
TB Thompson (8), (Wyman, Hall), 17:14

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
CAR Skinner (19), (Allen), 6:36
CAR Larose (14), (Harrison, Faulk)(EN), 19:38

Ryan Malone was the game's third star.

Keith Aulie was -1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 11:52.

Tim Wallace had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 7:21.

J.T. Wyman had an assist and was +1 with 1 hit in 9:25.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-10-12 Admirals at Whale

Norfolk harpoons its 14th win in a row.

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Jaroslav Janus stopped 26 of 27 shots for the win. Janus has now reeled off 6 straight wins and moved his save percentage to .905, just 1 point back of Dustin Tokarski's .906 save percentage before he Oberg'ed off to join the Lightning.

First Period
CT Grant, (8) (Tanski), 8:11

Second Period
NOR Angelidis, (14) (Hutchings, Devos), 12:17

Third Period
NOR Kostka, (9) (Johnson), 1:56
NOR Johnson, (23) (Conacher), 19:18

Janus and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars, as TJ continues to progress toward becoming an AHL superstar.

Now, as the Admirals attempt to chase down history, they have a big challenge tomorrow afternoon in Bridgeport. We may well see the season debut of Pat Nagle with a shot at a page in the record books on the line. Bridgeport currently leads the Northeast Division, so they're no pushovers and the Admirals may well see them in the playoffs. Now it gets even more interesting.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-8-12 Lightning at Capitals

Lightning skaters hang rookie out to dry.

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WSH 3 (OT)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the overtime loss. The final 2 goals were a complete abdication of defensive responsibility by the players in front of Tokarski. You have to do better in front of a rookie making his first start. Overall, I thought Tic moved well and didn't look out of place. He deserved better than to have the team in front of him get outshot 16-3 in the final period and overtime. I suspect Garon would've gotten about the same result had he been healthy and between the pipes.

First Period
WSH Aucoin (2), (Alzner, Halpern), 17:08

Second Period
TB Malone (12), (Stamkos, Purcell)(PP), 7:25
TB Purcell (20), (St. Louis, Clark)(PP), 18:42

Third Period
WSH Johansson (13), (Wideman), 16:02

Overtime
WSH Ovechkin (27), (Orlov, Chimera), 4:09

Teddy Purcell was the game's second star.

Way too many unforced errors by the Lightning defense in the final frame. The Lightning move to 3 points out of the 8th playoff spot behind Washington and Winnipeg, for the moment, with the Jets and Canucks playing later tonight. They also linger 5 points back of the Panthers in the division. They'll be kicking themselves for how much they let themselves down in the third period of this game.

Keith Aulie was -1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 11:18.

Tim Wallace had 4 hits in 7:12.

J.T. Wyman had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 14:53.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Tokarski Time

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Dustin Tokarski from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Tokarski, 6-foot, 197 pounds, has played in 40 games with the Admirals this season, posting a 27-11-0 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. He also has four shutouts. Tokarski has won eight consecutive games for the Admirals (a franchise AHL record) with two shutouts in that time and has gone 13-2-0 in his previous 15 decisions. Tokarski also leads the AHL in wins.

A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Tokarski has played in two NHL games with Tampa Bay, both in relief during the 2009-10 season. He made his NHL debut on January 16, 2010 at the Florida Panthers.

Tokarski helped Canada to the Gold Medal at the 2009 World Junior Championships, posting a 4-0 record with a 2.65 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He turned aside 39 of 40 shots in the Gold Medal Game against Sweden as Canada won, 5-1. Tokarski also backstopped the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL to the Memorial Cup in 2008.

The 22-year-old was selected by the Lightning in the fifth round, 122nd overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

AHL Game Night: 3-3-12 Falcons at Admirals

It's a dozen, now.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 18 shots for his 27th win of the season. That ties his career high for wins set in his rookie season 2 years ago. He is also up to 8 victories in his last 8 starts.

First Period
NOR Conacher, (31) (Gudas, Devos), 7:04
NOR Ouellet, (14) (Angelidis, Picard), 8:28
NOR Johnson, (19) (Jackson, Angelidis), 14:32 (SH)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SPR Regner, (2) (Savard, MacLeod), 8:15
NOR Panik, (13) (Conacher, Barberio), 10:19 (PP)
NOR Johnson, (20) (Palat, Panik), 11:00

Tyler Johnson (pictured), Mike Angelidis, and Cory Conacher were the game's three stars. Johnson's now tied for 4th in the league in rookie scoring. He's got no shot of catching Conacher, but there's no denying how impressive of a debut campaign he's had. With 20 goals now, he's threatening to break into the top-20 in the AHL in that category, as well.

Just to reiterate my previous point about Jon Cooper deserving coach of the year, the Admirals rookies tonight had 4 goals and 8 points tonight, combined, between Conacher, Devos, Johnson, Panik, and Palat. That's a 12 game winning streak where your sled dogs are just puppies, which in my mind is indicative of excellent coaching.

Fortunately for the Admirals, there was no let down thanks to a little pre-game altercation that got their juices going and probably helped propel them out to the 3-0 first period lead. Springfield's got muscle in the physical department, but they probably are regretting getting the Admirals, who have much more muscle in the offensive department, ready to go right out of the gate tonight.

Panik attack, y'all!

The Admirals expanded their division lead to 10 points over the idle Pens and they maintained a 12 point buffer on Hershey, with the Bears winning tonight. Hershey has 2 games in hand on the Admirals and the Pens have 3, but things look very good right now in the division.

In the conference, Syracuse screamed past St. John's with 4 goals in the final frame to steal a 6-4 win. So, the Admirals now hold an 8 point lead in the conference with St. John's still holding 5 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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