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The situation appeared to be brutal for the Montreal Canadiens.
Not only were they trailing the Rangers 2-0 going into Game 3, they had to go to Madison Square Garden and attempt to get back in the series without their superb goaltender Carey Price.
The Canadian Olympic gold medalist had been knocked out of action in Game 1 after injuring his right leg in a collision with New York's Chris Kreider, and Montreal head coach Michel Therrien had turned over the goaltending duties to Dustin Tokarski.
Tokarski played well in Game 2, but the Canadiens ended up on the short end of a 3-1 score. That game turned out to be a warm-up. He exceeded all expectations in Montreal's 3-2 overtime victory over the Rangers.
Tokarski stopped 13 of 14 shots in the first period against the Rangers, and he stopped another 13 shots in the second period as the two teams were tied after two periods at 1-1.
The Canadiens took a late 2-1 lead in the third period, but the Rangers tied it in the final minute when Chris Kreider's deflection went off Alexei Emelin's skate and past Tokarski to send the game into overtime.
The Habs were undaunted by the turn of events and won the game early in the extra session.
Tokarski was the story of Game 3, as he stopped 35 of 37 New York shots in the game.
“Dustin Tokarski was phenomenal,” Therrien told the New York Post's Dan Martin after the game. “Without Tokarski’s performance, probably the result would have been different.”