Garon Injured, Tampa Recalls Dustin Tokarski

Posted: March 7, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Tampa Bay Lightning

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In the wake of an injury to Mathieu Garon, the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled young goaltender Dustin Tokarski from their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

Tokarski, who’s biggest moment to date had to be winning a World Junior Gold Medal with Canada, has played in 40 games with the Admirals in 2011-2012, posting a 27-11-0 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. Tokarski has won eight consecutive games for the Admirals with two shutouts in that time and has gone 13-2-0 in his previous 15 decisions. Tokarski also leads the AHL in wins.


Tokarski is known for his calm demeanor and is a reliable goaltender in pressure situations. Despite concerns about how vulnerable he may be against top level scorers due to his small frame and a perceived tendency to commit to the low shots too early, Tokarski has had an ability to win games and come up big in the clutch throughout his career to this point. He consistently puts up good games and rarely has an off night.


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