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Dustin Tokarski is the easy choice for most impressive Montreal Canadien in the Eastern Conference Final.
Expectations were low in Montreal after Game 1 when it was announced that Carey Price would not play another game in the series. Most expected backup Peter Budaj to start in goal, but Therrien decided to go with the third-stringer instead.
Tokarski has since done all he can to keep the Montreal Canadiens in this series. He has given his team a chance to win each game he has played in, and you can't ask your goaltender for much more than that.
In Game 2, making his first career playoff start, Tokarski made 27 saves while allowing two goals he had absolutely no chance on. His team provided no offensive support, however, as it lost 3-1.
Game 3 saw Tokarski kick away 35 shots while allowing just two against in Montreal's 3-2 overtime win.
Tokarski kept Montreal in it again in the Game 4 loss, making 21 saves while only allowing goals when New York skaters were in alone on him.
And in Game 5, Tokarski shook off some nervous moments in the second as his team fell apart in front of him. He rebounded to make some huge saves as Montreal went on to win 7-4.
For the series, he is 2-2 with a 2.96 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. He has made some highlight reel saves, many off of the stick of Martin St. Louis.
He has frustrated the Rangers so much that many of them looked reluctant to shoot, especially on the power play, in Game 5. He has played well enough to get in their heads, and that's impressive for someone who began the series as the third-string goaltender.
Considering the expectations and the way he has played, Tokarski has certainly been Montreal's most impressive player in the Eastern Conference Final. But the job's not done yet, and the Canadiens need two more big performances from him.