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Tokarski, Dustin

Tokarski Contributes on Offense in Spokane Win

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/7

Tokarski helps on offense, defense ... Fadden extends point streak, but in a big loss ... Cape Breton wastes a big opportunity ... Cunti and Rimouski use overtime to beat Barberio and Moncton.

Fadden Strong Again in Win

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/31

Another multipoint night for Fadden ... The Wright Stuff ... Tokarski and Spokane on the ropes ... Witkowski ready for the playoffs ... Barberio and Moncton defeat Cunti and Rimouski.

Wright, Cunti Take Early Series Leads over Tokarski, Barberio

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/31

Opening night of Round 2 in the CHL ... Cunti sets up game winner ... Screaming Eagles use 4 OTs to beat Quebec ... Tokarski shines, but Spokane comes up short ... Fadden another multipoint night.

NHL Game Night 3/31: Lightning at Bruins

The Lightning's forecheck officially belongs on a milk carton.

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Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 39 shots in the loss. He rebounded from a couple of puck handling errors and was otherwise very solid. The Lightning have a tough decision to make with McKenna. Ordinarily, you would want a veteran #3 goaltender like McKenna in your organization. But, it will be very tough for the Lightning to send Riku Helenius or Dustin Tokarski down to the Coast if they do re-sign McKenna.

First Period
14:03 BOS Wheeler (20), (Savard)

Second Period
06:56 BOS Chara (17), (Bergeron, Krejci)(PP)
13:35 BOS Kobasew (20), (Chara, Krejci)(PP)

Third Period
12:07 TB Stamkos (20), (Malone, Lashoff)

Other than Stammer's 20th of the season tonight, there's not a whole lot to be excited about from the past couple of games.

Noah Welch had 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 11:34.

Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 hits in 20:30. Good to have the big guy back. I thought he moved pretty well tonight after sitting out the game against Ottawa.

Martins Karsums was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:55.

Richard Petiot was +1 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 5 hits in 19:42.

Matt Lashoff had 1 assist and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 21:41. There were one or two plays tonight where Lashoff made plays that are hopefully indicative of the way his game is going to evolve next season: playing the proper angle defensively and then cancelling out the opposing forward physically. I'm just guessing he had a little extra juice playing against his old organization, but if he can do that consistently, he's going to be a stud defenseman in this league. The offense is there (6 assists in 8 games so far with the Lightning). If his defensive game rounds out, he's going to be every bit as good as Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Tokarski, Fadden, Barberio Advance

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/28

Three prospects move on - two to face fellow prospects in Round 2 ... Victoria forces a Game 7 ... Fargo winning on the "road."

CHL Playoffs: Three Moving On, One Going Home ... or to Norfolk

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/25

Three Lightning prospects helped their clubs to opening round sweeps, while goaltender Torrie Jung and his Oil Kings finished their season. Also, Fadden returns to First Star status and Tokarski wins another close one.

Tokarski, Wright Earn Stars in Road Wins

N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/24

Lightning prospects go 6-0 on the night - and all were on the road, including three Q teams on the verge of sweeps.

N.A. Juniors Playoffs Game Night: 3/21

More playoff results ... Cunti gets another point ... blowouts for Moncton and Vancouver ... Tokarski and Fadden lose close ones.

WHL Western Conference All-Stars, Finalists Announced

The WHL announced their annual awards finalists today, and it wasn't great news for Lightning prospect Dustin Tokarski.

Despite leading the league in 4 of the 5 goaltending categories (goals against average, save percentage, shutouts, shootout percentage - 5th in wins), Tokarski lost out to fellow Team Canada goaltender Chet Pickard of the Tri-City Americans for the Western Conference's First All-Star team goaltender, and the conference nominee for Goaltender of the Year.

Tokarski was voted to the Conference's Second All-Star team. Possible 2009 Lightning draft target Evander Kane was named to the First team.

While stats obviously don't mean everything, and Pickard's Americans finished just ahead of Spokane in the U.S. Division, Pickard finished with one more win than Tokarski (35), a 5th place GAA of 2.28 (Tokarski 1.97), a 2nd place save percentage of .921 (Tokarski .937), and 6 shutouts (second to Tokarski and Jones' 7). Pickard also had six fewer losses than Tokarski.

The Player of the Year finalists will be announced April 15.

2009 WHL Western Conference Awards

N.A. Juniors Game Night 3/17: Jung, Courtnall Advance

A Game 7 blowout in Victoria ... a tie-breaker nail-biter in Prince Albert ... Tokarski finishes as the WHL leader in 4 categories.

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